DilmaBrazil has often done a wonderful job of hyping its public health system but beneath the hype, it’s less good. Earlier this year, I spoke at an Indo-US Summit on Child Survival at which a WHO expert held up the Brazilian model. There are successes (AIDS, for example) but also bloated public sector enterprises full of political appointees which keep prices high; patients forced to sue to get treatment for chronic illnesses or for cancer and forced tech transfers to make up for consistent underspending on health. Now President Rousseff has acknowledged that street protesters have legitimate concerns over health spending (link is in Portuguese).