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WEF : Healthcare worker global shortage may increase 10 million by decade end

Davos : A new report launched in the run-up to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2023 in the Swiss ski resort town of Davos said that the shortage of healthcare workers globally could rise to 10 million by the end of the decade, affecting access to care, inequities and treatment of mental health. The report further said the rise in healthcare spending has fast-tracked progress in tele-health, vaccines and precision medicine, but businesses and policymakers must tackle worker burnout and boost access to health.

The report, titled Global Health and Healthcare Strategic Outlook, added that the fastest vaccine development in history demonstrated the enormous potential of public-private partnerships and outcomes-based regulation. “The pandemic brought remarkable progress for the development and delivery of medicines. We now need to focus on long-term system change to stop health services deteriorating in the face of economic crises,” said Shyam Bishen, head of health and healthcare at the WEF.