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Hidden burden of non-medical spending associated with inpatient care among the poor in Afghanistan

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  • Mohammad Omar Mashal

    (Tokyo Medical and Dental University)

  • Keiko Nakamura


    (Tokyo Medical and Dental University)

  • Masashi Kizuki

    (Tokyo Medical and Dental University)

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    Abstract Objectives To elucidate the household payments required for medical and non-medical spending for inpatient health care and examine the pattern of household payments according to household economic status and the degree of remoteness of the area of residence. Methods The subjects were 5940 individuals included in a nationally representative survey in 2010. Their medical (diagnosis and medicine) and non-medical (accommodation and transportation) expenses for their most recent hospitalization were analyzed. Results Compared with the richest group, the poorest group paid less for diagnosis and medicine (AOR = 0.37, P

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    Article provided by Springer & Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+) in its journal International Journal of Public Health.

    Volume (Year): 61 (2016)
    Issue (Month): 6 (July)
    Pages: 661-671

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:ijphth:v:61:y:2016:i:6:d:10.1007_s00038-016-0833-9
    DOI: 10.1007/s00038-016-0833-9
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