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Health, Social Security and Human Rights - P4H Network

Health, Social Security and Human Rights

The article explores the connections between human rights, social rights and structural problems in Brazilian society, focusing on health and social security.

Brazil’ s 1988 Federal Constitution plays a fundamental role in guaranteeing income in situations of vulnerability and reducing poverty by establishing principles and norms that support social security. In accordance with the constitutional text, the Unified Health System was instituted in 1988 and began to be financed with resources from the social security budget, the Union, the states, the federal district and the municipalities.

Social security is based on key aspects for the construction of a free, fair and solidary society. These aspects include principles such as universal coverage, equality of benefits, unity of organization, decentralization of administrative management, democratic nature with community participation, and financial solidarity. These principles seek to guarantee the protection of the most vulnerable individuals and promote the participation of society in the construction of a solid and fair social security system.

Renata Salgado Leme, Health and Social Security in Brazil and Human Rights, Macau Journal of Brazilian Studies, Vol. 6, Issue I, Apr. 2023