Brazil launched a program Monday to lure thousands of foreign doctors to fill vacancies in its public health system, a move criticized by many domestic health care professionals.
Improving public health services was one of the key demands made by hundreds of thousands of Brazilians who staged three weeks of nationwide street protests last month.
President Dilma Rousseff said the initiative, which will be implemented by presidential decree, will involve 10,000 posts and an investment of around $1.27 billion.
The government said the three-year posts, with a monthly pay of $4,500, would be filled mainly by Brazilian doctors, but foreign counterparts would also be used to fill the gap.
Those selected will begin working in mid-September, mainly in the country’s hinterland and poor suburbs of major cities.