Seventy-sixth World Health Assembly – Gearing up for a historic UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (2) Maslow's hierarchy of needs

28 May, 2023

I agree about healthcare safety. The aim for universal primary healthcare is appealing, too supporting Maslow's hierarchy of needs - viz From simply Psychology - "Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a motivational theory in psychology comprising a five-tier model of human needs, often depicted as hierarchical levels within a pyramid.

From the bottom of the hierarchy upwards, the needs are: physiological (food and clothing), safety (job security), love and belonging needs (friendship), esteem, and self-actualization. (A last level might be giving to the community which supports them?)

Needs lower down in the hierarchy must be satisfied before individuals can attend to higher needs. High income countries spend money on self inflicted non communicable diseases many of might be prevented by spending less on luxuries and treats - big cars, big houses, big pensions, foreign holidays, and spending more on supporting countries with less availability of the artefacts that support the physiological needs of the low income countries? Not easy cultures to sell for profit.


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COMMENT (NPW): From Wikipedia: 'Although widely used and researched, Maslow's hierarchy of needs lacks conclusive supporting evidence and the validity of the theory remains contested in academia.[10][11][12][13] One criticism of the original theory which has been revised into newer versions of the theory, was that the original hierarchy states that a lower level must be completely satisfied and fulfilled before moving onto a higher pursuit; there is evidence to suggest that levels continuously overlap each other.'