Investment into healthcare will remain one of the Brazilian government's tools to head off significant social instability and help bolster support for President Dilma Rousseff's October re-election bid. With USD1,024 per capita annual healthcare spending, the Brazilian healthcare sector has surpassed many developing countries in terms of healthcare standards and service coverage.
Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's decision to downgrade Brazil's sovereign credit rating to BBB- from BBB on March 24 provides an interesting wrinkle to President Dilma Rousseff's re-election campaign. While we do not expect it will result in a significant policy change in the coming months, we will be watching closely to see if the opposition is able to capitalise on this in order to...
Rolezinhos, planned gatherings of large groups of youths who are often from poor neighbourhoods, have increased social tensions in Brazil in recent months. Taking place at major shopping malls, the gatherings have raised concerns about public security and robbery in the malls, as well as asking broader questions about race, and the country's growing class divide. In response to perceived securi...
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