Global access to surgical care: a modelling study - The Lancet Global Health
The world’s population without access to surgical care is much greater than previously reported, since previous estimates relied on a rather narrow definition of access. In a world focusing on universal health coverage, the vision of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery is universal access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia care when needed. When all components of this vision are assessed, at least 4·8 billion people do not have access to surgical care. The burden of this inequity falls most heavily on the world’s rural poor. Expanding access to surgery and anaesthesia care will require a coordinated investment in surgical scale-up that grows the workforce, builds infrastructure, removes cultural and geographical barriers, and provides financial protection.