Mat, Sao Paulo

Who are you? Hey everyone, my name is Mat, and I spent the first 29 years of my life residing in my home country, England, from where I gained my bachelor’s in Film & Media Production and held my last job as an event manager for an events and marketing company. From there, I gained … Read more

How To Open A Bank Account In Brazil

Moving to a new country can be complicated, especially when local processes are different from those in your home country. However, opening a bank account in Brazil is relatively easy, provided you hold a residence visa. This article will walk you through everything you need to know.What paperwork is needed to open an account? If … Read more

What Quality Of Healthcare Can You Expect In Brazil?

In Brazil, healthcare is a right that all nationals, citizens and permanent residents are entitled to. Primary healthcare overall is the responsibility of the government, but many elements of the day-to-day running of public hospitals and medical facilities are down to the individual states that make up the country. This can lead to inconsistency in … Read more

Prescriptions In Brazil: What Is Available And How To Ensure You Get The Right Level Of Care

In Brazilian law, “medication” is defined as a pharmaceutical product obtained or enhanced technically, with curative, palliative, or diagnostic purposes. It is common to see an overlap in the meaning of the term “drug” in Brazil, which is often associated with negative connotations, such as illegal recreational drugs. The legal definition of medicine and medication … Read more

How To Register With The Health System In Brazil

Healthcare in Brazil is provided by both private and government institutions, and is considered a constitutional right. All Brazilian nationals and permanent residents are entitled to free public healthcare. Public healthcare in Brazil is provided by the National Healthcare System, also known as the Unified Health System. In Portuguese, it is called Sistema Único de … Read more

How To Keep Your Health Insurance Costs Low In Brazil

Although healthcare itself is free in Brazil, including for foreigners, supplementing this with private health insurance is highly advisable. This is because the public healthcare system is under strain, meaning you could face long waiting times, poorer quality of care, and a lack of specialist medical assistance. Occasionally, it may be a prerequisite that you … Read more

How To Keep Fit And Healthy In Brazil

In 2014, Brazil’s Ministry of Health released new dietary guidelines, in an attempt to combat the growing number of overweight and obese people. The government’s guidelines now tend to be less focused around calorie restriction and portion-sizes, and instead reflect the importance of cooking with fresh ingredients, eating together, and avoiding fast food and calorie-laden … Read more

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