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The economic burden of TB diagnosis and treatment in South Africa

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  • Foster, Nicola
  • Vassall, Anna
  • Cleary, Susan
  • Cunnama, Lucy
  • Churchyard, Gavin
  • Sinanovic, Edina

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Social protection against the cost of illness is a central policy objective of Universal Health Coverage and the post-2015 Global strategy for Tuberculosis (TB). Understanding the economic burden associated with TB illness and care is key to identifying appropriate interventions towards achieving this target. The aims of this study were to identify points in patient pathways from start of TB symptoms to treatment completion where interventions could be targeted to reduce the economic impact on patients and households, and to identify those most vulnerable to these costs.

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  • Foster, Nicola & Vassall, Anna & Cleary, Susan & Cunnama, Lucy & Churchyard, Gavin & Sinanovic, Edina, 2015. "The economic burden of TB diagnosis and treatment in South Africa," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 130(C), pages 42-50.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:130:y:2015:i:c:p:42-50
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.01.046
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