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Survey of Medical-Sanitary Assistance


The survey of medical-sanitary assistance investigates all the health institutions in the country which provide individual or collective health assistance services, profit or non-profit, at public or private institutions with ambulatory or hospitalization services. The study includes those which perform exclusively services of support to diagnosis and therapy and regular control of zoonosis, with the main objective of revealing the profile of installed capacity and of the supply of health services in Brazil.

With this publication, IBGE brings to the public the results obtained by the survey in 2009, encompassing aspects such as the number of establishments, by administrative level, functioning status, category and type of service offered; services rendered by type of financing agent (SUS, private and insurance); employed persons; existing beds and volume of hospitalization in establishments with hospitalization services; besides information about medical equipment in conditions to be used in the establishments investigated, by Major Region, Federative Units and Capitals. Some variables contain retrospective series that show the evolution of these statistics from 1976 – date of the first results under the responsibility of IBGE – to 2009, in the latest edition of this survey.

The publication also brings technical notes about the survey, an analysis which encompasses the main inter-regional differences observed in the indicators selected, illustrated with tables, graphs and maps, and a glossary with the concepts considered relevant to the understanding of the results. These data are available on the CD-ROM that comes enclosed with the publication and on the IBGE web site, where can also be found the survey microdata, what facilitates the exploration of its database from different approaches. The conduction of the Survey of Medical-Sanitary Assistance has the support of the Ministry of health. Its results contribute to the identification of regional demands by public investments in the sector and, together with other indicators, have made it possible to implement a diversity of programs in order to supply specific needs aimed at offering better access of the population to health services in the Country.