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Analysis of access to health services in Brazil according to sociodemographic profile: National Health Survey, 2019

Nathalia Campos Palmeira Julia Pustrelo Moro Fabiana de Abreu Getulino Yohana Pereira Vieira Abelardo de Oliveira Soares Junior Mirelle de Oliveira Saes About the authors



to describe the access to and utilization of health services among the Brazilian population according to sociodemographic characteristics, based on the 2019 National Health Survey (Pesquisa Nacional de Saúde - PNS).


this was a cross-sectional descriptive study based on a PNS sample; the prevalence and respective confidence intervals of data stratified by sex, schooling, age and national macro-region of residence were calculated; data were analyzed using Stata software version 16.1.


a total of 293,725 individuals were interviewed; males showed lower proportion of medical consultations (66.6%) and were less likely to seek care (17.6%); among those living in the North region, 69.1% had medical consultations; 16.5% of individuals with low level of education obtained medication through the Brazilian Popular Pharmacy Program.


the results reinforce iniquities in access to and utilization of health services, in addition to the need for monitoring indicators in order to guide health policies in Brazil.

Health Services; Access to Health Services; Equity in Access; Socioeconomic Factors; Epidemiological Surveys

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