The government of President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) cut expenses to accommodate the R$ 19.4 billion reserved for the secret budget and ended up reaching the resources destined for investments in the prevention and control of cancer.
which points out the website Estado, of the Estado de So Paulo newspaper, this Friday (23/9).
Cancer is the second disease that kills most in Brazil.
According to the newspaper, the budget was reduced by 45%, from R$175 million to R$97 million in 2023.
The resources are part of one of the programs considered “strategic” by the Ministry of Health, the Care Network for People with Chronic Diseases – Oncology.
According to the report, annually, the ministry itself usually resorts to deputies and senators to boost the program’s funds, now in short supply, through individual or bench parliamentary amendments. The funds can finance the construction, expansion, renovation and acquisition of permanent equipment and materials.
Also according to the newspaper, the government has set aside R$ 520 million for all actions this year, which were reinforced by amendments and reached R$ 1.9 billion. In 2023, the government reserved just R$202 million, including all investment plans, a decrease of R$318 million.
In addition to controlling cancer, according to the State, the Bolsonaro government reduced the public money reserve to increase the structure of hospitals and specialized clinics that are part of networks focused on three other groups: pregnant women and babies, Rede Cegonha; drug addicts and people with mental disorders, Psychosocial Care Network – Raps; and the Care Network for People with Disabilities, focused on rehabilitation. All three are considered “strategic”.