SUS vulnerability regarding exchange rate variation: Analysis of the dynamics of drugs and health equipment import between 1996 and 2014

Bernardo Bahia Cesário Laís Silveira Costa José Manuel Santos de Varge Maldonado Marcos Antonio Vargas About the authors


This article is aimed at determining the vulnerability of the Unified Health System when subject to the influence of exchange rates variations on the dynamics of drugs and medical equipment import from 1996 to 2014. The hypothesis that guided this work is that external conditions and economics policies expressed in exchange rates do affect the dynamics of both production and innovation of the Economic-Industrial Complex of Health. It comes to the conclusion that, considering changes that took place, the elasticity of the relationship between import and exchange rate of the segments analyzed herein was not so heavily affected over the period. This result suggests the importance of designing economic models that incorporate those variables.

Economics; Importation of products; Drug price; Equipment and supplies; Unified Health System

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