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Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2010 Dec;44(4):1112-7.

[Citizen constitution and social representations: reflecting about health care models].

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Escola de Enfermagem Anna Nery da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.


This article presents a reflection on the meaning of the terms citizenship and health, addressing the Theory of Social Representations as a strategy for implementing and evaluating health care models in Brazil. First, a brief history about the concept of citizenship is presented; then the article addresses the principles of freedom and equality according to Kant; the third section of the article shows that health is as a right of the citizen and a duty of the state. Finally, the Theory of Social Representations is emphasized as a strategy to evaluate and implement the health services provided to citizens by the current health care models in Brazil.

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