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Bull World Health Organ. 2007 Feb;85(2):124-30.

Flows of financial resources for health research and development in Brazil, 2000-2002.

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Social Medicine Institute, University of State of Rio de Janeiro, Rua São Francisco Xavier, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 20559-900.



To map and measure the flows of financial resources for health research and development in Brazil for the years 2000-2002.


After adapting the methodology developed for the Center for Economic Policy Research, data were collected on the sources and uses of resources for health research and development.


The annual average value of resources apportioned to health research and development was approximately 573 million US dollars. The public sector as a whole invested 417.3 million US dollars and the health department 51.1 million US dollars. Expressed in percentages, the public sector invested 4.15% of the health department's budget although the Ministry of Health assigned only 0.3% of its budget to health research in the country. The universities and the research institutes are the main users of the resources allocated to health research and development, receiving 91.6% of the total public spending, while the private sector receives a small share of around 0.69% of the total. The private sector invested 135.6 million US dollars per year, and the international organizations 20.1 million US dollars per year.


Besides measuring the financial resources made available for health research and development, the results allowed the filling of gaps in national information; the identification of the flows of applied financial resources; and the testing and adaptation of the proposed methodology, generating information suitable for international comparisons.

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