To meet the expenses of the Unified Health System (SUS) in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, a group of economists specialized in health proposes the creation of a fund for the sector with an initial investment of R $ 25 billion . The amount is five times higher than the emergency release of R $ 5 billion announced by the federal government last week.

According to Érika Aragão, professor at the Institute of Collective Health at UFBA and president of the Brazilian Association of Health Economics (Abres), the suggested amount is based on the recomposition of constitutional amendment 95/2016, which established the ceiling for public spending, and generated a 22.48 billion impact on transfers to SUS between 2018 and 2020.

“This is the minimum projected contribution, but we understand that much more resources will be needed for SUS to meet the demand that is coming”, highlights the economist. The calculations are also signed by Carlos Ocké-Reis, technician at the Institute of Applied Economic Research (Ipea), Francisco Funcia, professor at the University of São Caetano do Sul (USCS) and Bruno Moretti, technician at the Senate.

The urgency of investing in SUS gained even more prominence on Thursday (26) with the projection of health spending presented by the newspaper o Estado de S. Paulo. According to Estadão, the coronavirus can cost R $ 410 billion more to public coffers. The information would be in a document sent by the Minister of Health, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, to the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, last Tuesday (24).