With the end of the pandemic’s extraordinary budget, health spending will have to return to compliance with the neoliberal tightening rule imposed by the Bolsonaro-Guedes duo
247 – The extraordinary budget in force in Brazil due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which exists only because of the pressures of society and the work of parliamentarians sensitive to people’s problems, expires next December. Bolsonaro’s government will be able to withdraw about R$25 billion from the budget for public health next year.
That’s because health expenditures must return to the spending cap – which limits expenditure growth to diverging inflation from the previous year. It is the tough logic that Bolsonaro and Economy Minister Paolo Guedes have advocated.
The previous rule of the spending cap rule, which took effect in 2017, specified that the government must apply 15% of net current revenue in health measures the following year – which, for 2022, means a minimum expenditure of R$159.3. billion according to this criterion. Thus, the spending cap rule imposes a loss of R$24.9 billion for the health field in 2022 (R$159.3 billion under the rule before the cap, minus R$134.4 billion projected for next year based on the ceiling), informs the st 1.
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