What can the Unified Health System do in times of neoliberal necropolitics?

Rafael Agostini Adriana Miranda de Castro About the authors


In the redemocratization process of Brazil, ‘we, the people’ committed to the citizenship that led to the promulgation of the 1988 Federal Constitution. The ‘Citizen Constitution’, mirroring the synergy between health workers and the population’s needs, granting health as a right directly related to the notions of universality, integrality, and equity. We have been struggling with severe attacks of the Capital against the ethical-political agenda that founds the Unified Health System (SUS) and the stigmatized perception that a part of society has of it. With the attempt of the neoliberal necropolitical rationality to become the theoretical corpus of society and State, we’ve been witnessing the increase of precarity through the dismantling of social security and to minorities policies. The impact on the SUS took place through a decrease in financing and allocation of resources to actions against the autonomy of the subjects. Considering these attacks against the SUS and the Welfare State, we ask: how to resist? Our bet is: to retake the conversation among ‘we, the people’, in order to build a radical movement towards ‘a life possible to be lived’ for everyone. The SUS has and will continue to have a strategic role, as it continues to be recognized as fundamental in guaranteeing the right to live and equity.

Unified Health System; Capitalism; Politics

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