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Sick guy with dog People have practiced basic self-care for years, but as access to care becomes more challenging, such habits will take on greater importance. (Photo: Shutterstock)

If there just aren’t enough doctors and other health care professionals to go around, according to  new recommendations from the World Health Organization, maybe it’s time to look in the mirror.

Marginalized populations, as well as “people who are negatively affected by gender, political, cultural and power dynamics,” could use self-care as a complementary approach to health care. By WHO estimates, some 400 million people worldwide lack access to basic health services, and by 2030 the world will be short of health care workers by about 18 million. Given those challenges, self-care looks to be positioned for growth.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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