||Croft RA & Croft RP
||Expenditure and loss of income incurred by tuberculosis
patients before reaching effective treatment in Bangladesh
||INT J TB & LUNG DIS 1998, 2, 252-54
This small study undertook to assess the economic
consequences of developing TB among patients presenting to the TB
clinic run by the Danish Bangladesh Leprosy Mission in NW Bangladesh.
The loss of income resulting from the illness, and the actual expenditure
incurred by medicines and doctors fees before registration
for treatment, were estimated and totaled for 21 patients serially
registered at the clinic. The results showed a mean financial loss
to the patient of US$ 245 - an exorbitant sum for a village Bangladeshi.
Perhaps economic deprivation suffered by TB patients could be used
as a measure of success of the programme.
|KEY WORDS: HEALTH ECONOMICS; BANGLADESH