Human Resources in Anesthesia: The Road to 2030

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The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery shone a spotlight on many issues related to the dire need for improvement in access to essential surgical services throughout the world, but especially in low-income areas.1 The report’s 5 Key Messages focus on the following: surgery as an essential part of universal health care; the lack of access to safe surgical and anesthetic services for 5 of the world’s 7 billion people; the catastrophic costs which many people encounter in obtaining surgical care; the increased number of surgeries necessary to meet the need; and the projected economic investment which is required in anesthesia and surgery to equalize the imbalance between high and low resource health care environments.
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