Visiting a doctor in Brazil
Brazilian GPs or family doctors provide routine medical care (cold, flu, etc.).
Doctors in large cities such as São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro speak several languages (English, French and Spanish).
The private sector is strongly developing and services are of very high quality; however, medical care can be very expensive. Rates vary from one city to another. For example, in Brasilia, consultation fees cost R$120 (USD 51) on average and can go up to R$500 (USD 214). In São Paulo, consultation fees cost R$300 on average (USD 128) and between R$200 and R$250 in Rio de Janeiro (USD 85 to USD 107).
As there are not enough doctors, it can be difficult to get an appointment quickly.
Brazilian specialist doctors: It is not necessary to see the GP beforehand in order to go to a specialist doctor. You can directly ask for an appointment with a specialist. As there are only a few specialist doctors, waiting times can sometimes be long before being able to get an appointment.