Access to Safe Anesthesia: A Global Perspective

Despite tremendous global disparities in access to safe anesthesia, governments and major donors have been reluctant to prioritize the issue because of myths about burden of disease and the cost-effectiveness of surgical services. This article summarizes the most up-to-date literature on anesthetic capacity in low- and middle-income countries, discusses the compelling reasons why safe anesthesia is a vital part of health system planning and provides future strategies to improve global disparities in access to care.

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