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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. cmmv@ims.uerj.br

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

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

METHODS:

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.

RESULTS:

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.

CONCLUSION:

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.

PMID:
17308733
PMCID:
PMC2636283
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