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Free Content Expenditure and loss of income incurred by tuberculosis patients before reaching effective treatment in Bangladesh [Notes from the Field]

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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.

Keywords: Bangladesh; expenditure; treatment; tuberculosis

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: Danish Bangladesh Leprosy Mission, Nilphamari, Bangladesh

Publication date: March 1, 1998

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