This article summarizes recent efforts by the ACS, the World Bank, and The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery to improve global access to surgical care.
The Lancet Commission identifies 6 sore surgical indicators that should be tracked and reported by all countries. Increasing access to surgery and anesthesia care world wide is an important step towards global universal health care.
The province of Manitoba tracks wait times for some surgical services including heart surgery, cataract removal, and hip or knee replacement.
Reducing wait times is a key part of the government's overall plan to continue to improve the health care system and help get more Manitobans living healthy lives.
Access to safe surgical care not only represents an essential health need but also plays a critical role in contributing to women’s equality, wellbeing and economic productivity. Surgical care is an essential health service that is necessary to treat and manage a broad range of conditions in emergency situations, including diseases pertaining to maternal and child health.
As many as 5 billion people lack access to safe and affordable surgical and anaesthesia care around the world. Throughout much of the developing world, essential health services such as surgical care remain a neglected yet critically needed.
Improving access to surgical care is essential, since surgery can successfully treat a wide variety of conditions, from cancer and injuries to obstructed labour. However, five billion people do not currently have access to safe, timely and affordable surgical care and anaesthesia worldwide.
Surgery is an essential component of health systems but has generally been neglected within global public health. The overall burden of disease that may be cured, palliated or treated with surgical intervention is large and (probably) rapidly growing, and this concept must therefore be revisited.
More than 2 billion people are unable to receive surgical care based on operating theatre density alone. The vision of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery is universal access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia care when needed.