5 billion people lack access to surgical care
Though "surgery is an integral, indivisible part of healthcare," 5 billion people worldwide lack access to safe and affordable surgical care, according to a new commission from The Lancet. Only 6 percent of the 313 million surgical procedures each year occur in the world's poorest countries, which are home to more than a third of the world's population, and in 2010, an estimated 32.9 percent of deaths worldwide were attributed to conditions needing surgical care. These numbers not only reflect wide disparities in healthcare access, but they have major financial costs as well.
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