Tuberculosis care strategies and their economic consequences for patients: the missing link to end tuberculosis

by Belete Getahun, Moges Wubie, Getiye Dejenu et al.
Infectious Diseases of Poverty, 2016 5:93 – Published: 1 November 2016

10 pp. 554 kB

This study aimed to determine the economic consequences of directly observed therapy for tuberculosis (TB) patients. TB patients in resource-limited countries deserve integrated patient-centered care with comprehensive health insurance coverage, financial incentives, and nutrition support to reduce catastrophic costs and retain them in care. Such countries should induce home-based directly observed therapy programs to reduce costs due to attending health facilities, intensify home treatment of critically-ill patients with impaired mobility, and reduce the spread of TB due to patients traveling to seek care.

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