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Expenditure and loss of income incurred by tuberculosis patients before reaching effective treatment in Bangladesh.

Abstract

This small study undertook to assess the economic consequences of developing tuberculosis (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 doctor's fees before registration for treatment, were estimated and totalled 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.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Croft R A
Croft R P
Year of Publication
1998
Journal
The international journal of tuberculosis and lung disease : the official journal of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Volume
2
Issue
3
Number of Pages
252-4
Date Published
1998 Mar
Language
eng
ISSN Number
1027-3719
Alternate Journal
Int. J. Tuberc. Lung Dis.
Publication Language
eng