SÃO PAULO -- Health is a legal right in Brazil. Ever since the country's constitution was rewritten after the fall of the military government in 1988, Brazil has guaranteed every citizen—and indeed anyone who sets foot in the country—the right to access health care services, at least in theory. Twenty-five years after passing universal health care,
In 1988, Brazil passed a law guaranteeing every citizen health care. More than 25 years later, however, it is still struggling to meet that ambitious pledge.