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Brazil Will Need to Recruit Doctors Abroad Until 2026


The government of Brazil will need to continue recruiting foreign physicians until 2026 to ensure the provision of basic health care nationwide, Health Minister Arthur Chioro said in an interview posted Friday on the G1 Web site.

President Dilma Rousseff launched the Mais Medicos (More Doctors) program in June 2013 to address a shortage of physicians in poor and remote areas.

Opposed by the main lobbying group representing Brazilian physicians, the program has recruited 18,000 professionals, including 11,400 Cubans, 5,200 Brazilians and 1,500 more from a range of other nationalities.

By 2026, Chioro said, Brazil should have a sufficient number of primary health care doctors to dispense with overseas recruitment.