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.

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to, part of your ALM digital membership.

Your access to unlimited content isn’t changing.
Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Critical information including cutting edge post-reform success strategies, access to educational webcasts and videos, resources from industry leaders, and informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM, BenefitsPRO magazine and events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including and

Already have an account?

Marlene Satter

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

More from this author



Join BenefitsPRO

Don’t miss crucial news and insights you need to navigate the shifting employee benefits industry. Join now!

  • Unlimited access to - your roadmap to thriving in a disrupted environment
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including and
  • Exclusive discounts on and ALM events.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join BenefitsPRO

Copyright © 2023 ALM Global, LLC. All Rights Reserved.