How affordable is TB care? Findings from a nationwide TB patient cost survey in Ghana
Tuberculosis (TB) is known as a disease of the poor. Despite TB diagnosis and care usually being offered for free, TB patients can still face substantial costs, especially in the context of multi‐drug resistance (MDR). The End TB Strategy calls for zero TB‐affected families incurring ‘catastrophic’ costs due to TB by 2025. This paper examines, by MDR status, the level and composition of costs incurred by TB‐affected households during care seeking and treatment; assesses the affordability of TB care using catastrophic and impoverishment measures; and describes coping strategies used by TB‐affected households to pay for TB care.
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