One campaign member says Tebet's main commitment to health is to expand the budget

One campaign member says Tebet’s main commitment to health is to expand the budget

Expanding the federal budget for health is one of the key commitments of Simon Tibbett’s (MDB) presidential campaign.

This statement was made by Joao Gabardo, the senator’s representative in the region, during a meeting promoted binding Wednesday (24).

“In the next four years, we plan to go from 3.8% [de investimento do PIB] to 5%”.

According to him, this growth will cover the costs of the increase in chronic diseases registered in the country, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, and dealing with declining mental health and an aging population.

According to the data of the Ministry of Health, in 2021, about 9.14% of Brazilian adults had diabetes, which is equivalent to about 15 million people. On the other hand, arterial hypertension affected more than a quarter of the adult population (26.34%).

Funds will also go to expanding the use of technologies in primary health care, such as teleconsultations, that would connect hard-to-reach places and facilitate communication between specialists such as cardiologists and neurologists with family health professionals.

Still in the budget, Gabardo argues that the additional resources directed to health due to the pandemic must be preserved for at least two years, to account for plugging in surgeries and elective procedures caused by the crisis.

According to Fucruz data, SUS recorded a decrease of 900 million procedures between January 2020 and June 2021, compared to the same period between 2018 and 2019, before the pandemic.

Gabardo served as Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Health during the administration of Luis Henrique Mandetta and Minister of Health of Rio Grande do Sul between 2015 and 2018.

Another commitment, he says, is to speed up the digitization of patient information, such as hospitalizations, vaccinations, and exams. According to him, this would help improve the health budget and reduce queues for procedures in the SUS.

He also reminds the doctor of the importance of campaigns that encourage vaccination against Covid-19 and other diseases such as measles. He criticizes members of the Ministry of Health who question the effectiveness of vaccinations. “While the Ministry of Health is conducting a vaccination campaign, it is surrounded by people who are completely against vaccination,” he adds.

In January 2022, a technical note from the ministry questioned the safety of approved vaccines against Covid-19 and advocated the use of drugs without proven efficacy such as hydroxychloroquine.

In the context of health promotion, the Tebet campaign claims to advocate for policies to encourage healthy habits, such as physical exercise and dietary guidelines, along with alcohol taxation and healthy eating campaigns.

To fill in the gaps between the training of professionals and the needs of the system, Gabbardo proposes the creation of college areas covering hospitals from different locations. According to him, the goal is to prevent municipalities from running out of service in a particular specialty.

There will be 400 such groups across the country, which will serve about 500,000 people each. These centers will run hospitals and teams of professionals from municipalities and states. The goal is to collect all the necessary services to serve a specific population, without the privilege of a municipality with a better structure at the expense of neighbours, he says.

For Gabbardo, the campaign views the nursing minimum salary threshold with “great concern”. The law, passed by President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) in August, provides for a basic salary of R$4,750 for these professionals. Nursing technicians should get 70% of the value, assistants and midwives 50%.

One of the main problems, he says, is that the law provides for an increase in salaries but does not indicate the source of the money. This would harm hospitals in vulnerable areas, far from large centres, that cannot afford to pay.

He was the first guest doctor in a series of health interviews promoted by the newspaper sponsored by Interfarma (Association for the Pharmaceutical Research Industry). The conversation was conducted by private correspondent Claudia Colucci.

On Thursday (25) at 3 p.m., Doctor Denizar Viana speaks on behalf of candidate Ciro Gomez (PDT). On Friday (26), at the same time, the newspaper gave an interview to Senator Pernambuco Humberto Costa (PT), representative of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (PT).

The team of re-election candidate Jair Bolsonaro was invited, but chose not to send a representative.

Health is the topic that preoccupies most Brazilians, 20% consider health management to be the biggest problem in Brazil, according to a Datafolha survey in July 2022. Economy (13%), unemployment (10%), hunger/poverty (10%) and inflation (9%) show Then.

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