Brazil’s Treatment Class System

When 2 men in Brazil, alike in every other way but their class, got coronavirus, they entered different worlds.  

  • One, a wealthy doctor, tapped into a top-notch private health system.

  • The other turned to an overwhelmed public health system. Instead of receiving comfort and attention, Rodrigo Guedes’s wife found herself screaming: “My husband can’t breathe, and no one is helping us!”  

The contrast is far from unique: 

  • Among Brazil’s coronavirus ICU patients, those without education have been 3X more likely to die than those with college degrees.

  • Brazil's rate of transmission 3X higher in poor neighborhoods than wealthy ones.

The Washington Post

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