Judicialization of Health: The Brazilian case and a bioethical review

Diego Hermínio Stefanutto Falavinha, Patricia Borba Marchetto, Helio Veiga Junior


Trabalho enviado em 14 de dezembro de 2015. Aceito em 05 de março de 2016.

DOI: 10.12957/rqi.2016.20085


The Judiciary has been used by Brazilian society to seek for the concretion
of rights to health through bringing actions in order to force the State to
grant drugs, surgeries and other services, creating the concept of Health
judicialization, which is an expression derived from the concept of
judicialization of Politics, gaining significance in the Brazilian
territory. Unfortunately, as will be seen in the next sections, the
legalization of Health has taken negative proportions focusing critics on
the intervention of the Judiciary in Health and Politics. Nonetheless, the
excessive and disorderly legalization of Health do not have their reasons
only in poor performance of the Judiciary, but find their genesis in the
governmental inefficiency, corruption and market influences. Thereby, the
aim of this article is to instigate that the issue of legalization of
Health in the Brazilian case is complex, not being enough the occasional
interventions in the Judiciary, but a set/group of actions to measure the
real dilemmas/quandaries and argue/fight/work towards effective actions to
solve it through the balanced performance of all actors, governmental and
social involved.

Keywords: Judicialization of politics; Judicialization of health; constitutional law; bioethical



Judicialization of politics; Judicialization of Health

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