Financialization, public funding and the limits to the universality of health

Diego de Oliveira Souza About the author

ABSTRACT

This essay aims to reflect on the repercussion of the financialization of the economy for the purpose of establishing a universal health system. From an ontological approach of a historical-materialistic nature, the current situation of the financial dynamics is presented, as well as how it is expressed in the World Bank guidelines for the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS); revealing the causal mechanisms of underfunding of the SUS, moving it away from full universality; and demonstrating the structural limits of the public fund as an important mediation for the implementation of a universal health system.

KEYWORDS
Capitalism; Public policy; Public health; Unified Health System

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