The opportunities for foreign companies or capital in the Brazilian healthcare sector have recently expanded as a result of the provisions of Law 13.097, dated January 19, 2015.

The law in question has altered Law 8.080, dated September 19, 1990, which prohibited the direct or indirect investment of foreign capital in the healthcare sector, unless such was made by means of donations from international organizations connected to the United Nations Organization, or entities focused on technical cooperation, or finance and loans.

The new law is allowing for foreign companies or capital to participate, be it directly or indirectly, in legal entities created for the establishment, operation or development of specialized or general hospitals, including charitable, outpatient, general or specialized clinics, as well as in family planning research or activities.

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