Background: Treatment of tuberculosis (TB) in China is partially covered by national programs and health insurance schemes, though TB patients often face considerable medical expenditures. For some, especially those from poorer households, non-medical costs, such as transport, accommodation, and nutritional supplementation may be a substantial additional burden. In this article we aim to evaluate these non-medical costs induced by seeking TB care using data from a large scale cross-sectional survey.
Methods: A total of 797 TB cases from 3 cities were randomly selected using a stratified cluster sampling design. Inpatient medical costs, outpatient medical costs, and direct non-medical costs related to TB treatment were collected using in-person interviews by trained interviewers.
Conclusions: Non-medical costs relating to TB treatment are a serious financial burden for many TB patients. Financial assistance that can limit this burden is urgently needed during the treatment period, especially for the poor.
This research is supported by the Department for International Development’s Future Health Systems programme which is led by Johns Hopkins University
Li, Q.; Jiang, W.X.; Wang, Q.L.; Shen, Y.; Gao, J.Y.; Sato, K.D.; Long, Q.; Lucas, H. Non-medical financial burden in tuberculosis care: a cross-sectional survey in rural China. Infectious Diseases of Poverty (2016) 5 (1) 5. [DOI: 10.1186/s40249-016-0101-5]
Non-medical financial burden in tuberculosis care: a cross-sectional survey in rural China