Since the domestic supply of medical devices in Brazil is not able to fulfill the Brazilian increasing demand, imports continue to be an important resource. In 2012, the country imported approximately $4 billion in medical equipment and it can hit $9 billion over the next 2 years.
To prevent Brazil from becoming too dependent on imported medical device products, the Brazilian government is trying to change this scenario. Public and private investment in healthcare research may reach $7 billion over the next four years (almost 0,30% of the GDP). These assets come from the National Bank of Economic Development (BNDES), Brazilian Innovation Agency (FINEP), National Health Ministry, Science and Technology Ministry and Pharmaceutics’ Labs. The research agenda is guided by the needs of the Brazilian Healthcare Public System (SUS).