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SANTOS, Joelma Cristina  and  MELO, Walter. Comparative health study: primary health care models in Brazil, Canada and Cuba. Gerais, Rev. Interinst. Psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.11, n.1, pp. 79-98. ISSN 1983-8220.

Government documents and academic articles show that, since the Federal Constitution of 1988, public health programs in Brazil were strongly inspired by the welfare policies of several countries. In relation to the Family Health Strategy - FHS (ESF), the work done in Canada and Cuba stands out. Considering that these countries have different political structures and quite diverse socio-cultural-historical backgrounds, we sought to investigate, from a comparative perspective, how these characteristics are present in the Brazilian ESF. The obtained data shows us that the Cuban health policies have many similarities with the Brazilian, but there are policy differences between Canadian and Brazilian healthcare systems. Therefore, we consider that the Brazilian ESF is closer to the Cuban model of family healthcare and that, despite constantly cited as a reference, the Canadian influence is quite limited in practice.

Keywords : Comparative Health; Primary Health Care; Family Health Care; Health Policy; Health Promotion.

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