Can Malawi's poor afford free tuberculosis services? Patient and household costs associated with a tuberculosis diagnosis in Lilongwe.

@article{Kemp2007CanMP,
  title={Can Malawi's poor afford free tuberculosis services? Patient and household costs associated with a tuberculosis diagnosis in Lilongwe.},
  author={Julia R Kemp and Gillian M. Mann and Bertha N. Simwaka and Felix M. L. Salaniponi and S Bertel Squire},
  journal={Bulletin of the World Health Organization},
  year={2007},
  volume={85 8},
  pages={580-5}
}
OBJECTIVE To assess the relative costs of accessing a TB diagnosis for the poor and for women in urban Lilongwe, Malawi, a setting where public health services are accessible within 6 kilometers and provided free of charge. METHODS Patient and household direct and opportunity costs were assessed from a survey of 179 TB patients, systematically sampled from all public and mission health facilities in Lilongwe. Poverty status was determined from the 1998 Malawi Integrated Household Survey (MIHS… CONTINUE READING
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