Population: 203 million
Percentage of population under 15 years: 50 million
Life expectancy: 75 years
Birth rate: 14.16/1000
Infant mortality: Live births below 1 year is 15/1000 and mortality in infancy is (up to 5 years of age) 17.4/1000
Official language: Portuguese
Youth literacy rates: The percentage of children at school age that are not at school is 7%
Registered doctors: 440.000
Number actually practicing: 425.000
Number of registered Ophthalmologists: 17.325
Number of Paediatric ophthalmologists: around 250 (not official number)
Health care system:
General eye care: 3 options – Public health (free), Different types of insurances or Private.
Paediatric eye care: Same as above.
Average Cost to patient of squint surgery under GA: Surgery can be done for free at public hospitals; if a patient has insurance it will cover all costs; privately the cost of one day at the hospital can vary from $700 USD to $1500 USD.
The Brazilian Pediatric Ophthalmology Society and the Brazilian Strabismological Society are organizing meetings and an increase number of colleagues are attending those meetings. In 2013 it was founded the Strabos Institute in Sao Paulo that is helping on teaching, stimulating research and performing social missions in the strabismus and amblyopia field.
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