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Brazilian health regions and scales: A geographical perspective

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This paper offers a geographical perspective on the way in which health regions have been defined and established in São Paulo as part of overall Brazilian health policy. To accomplish this, I first situate the Brazilian case in the international debate over the regionalization of health services. Second, I examine health regionalization in the case of São Paulo and show how the process is dynamic and complex, involving geographical scales that go well beyond the administrative boundaries of Brazilian municipalities.
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Keywords: Brazil; geographical scale; health policy; health region

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-08-01

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