The Role of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Global Anesthesia

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A growing international consensus recognizes unmet surgical need as a significant contributor to global disease burden.1,2 Filling the gap will require major investments in health workforce training, infrastructure improvement, supply chain stabilization, and deployment of appropriate, reliable, cost-effective, and proven technologies. Improving anesthesia quantity and quality is paramount to improving global surgical care overall, but to make a reliable investment case to governments, international organizations, and international donors, anesthesia providers must work together—and with public health professionals—to better understand our contribution to health, both within the operating room and outside it. Robust cost-effectiveness analyses (CEAs) of anesthesia care are a necessary component of this process.
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