3 A Shift in Perspective: Task Shifting to Save More

Two of the main challenges in global health are that we have too few skilled health care providers and too few settings equipped to care for the large number of people who lack basic care. Right now, training large numbers of more highly skilled doctors or building many more highly specialized hospitals to care for patients is neither feasible nor the highest priority. One solution to closing this health gap is to task-shift health care to lower-skill-level providers and localized settings.

The goal of task shifting is to create system efficiencies, ease bottlenecks, and increase reach while reducing costs of services (Figure 8). It involves delegating responsibilities for specific tasks to ...

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