AMB issues note on statement attributed to the Minister of Health

This Monday, April 10, 2017, the Brazilian Medical Association (AMB) issued a note on statement attributed to the Minister of Health, Ricardo Barros, in Cambridge, United States.

Check out the full note below:

“Government once again misses the subject of further examinations. Accurate diagnosis is a fundamental condition for treating patients. Tests are part of various diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive processes.

'Normal' results do not show that exams are ordered unnecessarily. There are no references that can support the minister's statement. Unfortunately, this diagnosis made by the Ministry of Health is also mistaken.

It is well known that some doctors overdo it when ordering tests. This overloads the system and generates unnecessary expenses. However, analyzing this as the cause of other problems is wrong. It is the consequence of a major problem, generated with consent and sponsored by the Federal Government itself, which allows malformed medical facilities to reach the numerous indiscriminately opened medical schools, with no minimum assessment of the quality of training. We have long advocated evaluating graduates of medical schools, as well as punishing underperforming medical schools for their students.

Blaming them all and generalizing them is wrong and disrespects the medical profession. The Brazilian Medical Association (AMB) will respond whenever doctor and medicine are hit by such biased and disrespectful statements. As long as analyzes of problems and challenges of the Brazilian health system remain superficial or unaware of qualified management, we will not move towards solving the enormous problems that exist.

AMB remains available to help with improvements to our healthcare system. ”

Source: AMB

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Thiago Braga

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