According to the Brazilian Health Ministry, an estimated 33 million people, or 17 percent of
's population suffer from hypertension and some 7.5 million suffer from diabetes. Brazil
Lucky for us we have a socialist-minded president who gets it that helping people AVOID these conditions will save lives and save a gazillion in health care expenses.
’s new president Dilma announced recently that the government will now provide free hypertension and diabetes medication though the “Popular Pharmacy” program. Brazil
The diabetes medication was already available at nearly free prices, but this extends the wellness program even further.
As a further note (and one I extend to my policy maker friends in the
) I will mention that in the case of poor people with cancer, the government also offers a helping hand. US
My mother in law is a breast cancer survivor. When she completed her treatment she was placed on a drug called Tamoxifen, which is designed to prevent the recurrence of breast cancer. It is state of the art treatment, and it is expensive. She must take this drug for five years.
And so my mother in law receives the drug at no cost to her and continues to live a robust life – and it is worth noting that she did not have to sell her house and all her family’s assets in the process.
Take a note
. If a poor country like United States can do this for its people, so can you. Brazil