Economic Burden of Hospitalization Due to Injuries in North India: A Cohort Study
AbstractThere is little documentation of the potential catastrophic effects of injuries on families due to out of pocket (OOP) expenditure for medical care. Patients who were admitted for at least one night in a tertiary care hospital of Chandigarh city due to injury were recruited and were followed-up at 1, 2 and 12 months after discharge to collect information on OOP expenditure. Out of the total 227 patients, 60% (137/227) had sustained road traffic injuries (RTI). The average OOP expenditure per hospitalisation and up to 12 months post discharge was USD 388 (95% CI: 332–441) and USD 1046 (95% CI: 871–1221) respectively. Mean OOP expenditure for RTI and non-RTI cases during hospitalisation was USD 400 (95% CI: 344–456) and USD 369 (95% CI: 313–425) respectively. The prevalence of catastrophic expenditure was 30%, and was significantly higher among those belonging to the lowest income quartile (OR-26.50, 95% CI: 6.70–105.07, p-value: <0.01) and with an inpatient stay greater than 7 days (OR-10.60, 95% CI: 4.21–26.64, p-value: <0.01). High OOP expenditure for treatment of injury puts a significant economic burden on families. Measures aimed at increasing public health spending for prevention of injury and providing financial risk protection are urgently required in India. View Full-Text
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Prinja, S.; Jagnoor, J.; Chauhan, A.S.; Aggarwal, S.; Nguyen, H.; Ivers, R. Economic Burden of Hospitalization Due to Injuries in North India: A Cohort Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 673.
Prinja S, Jagnoor J, Chauhan AS, Aggarwal S, Nguyen H, Ivers R. Economic Burden of Hospitalization Due to Injuries in North India: A Cohort Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2016; 13(7):673.Chicago/Turabian Style
Prinja, Shankar; Jagnoor, Jagnoor; Chauhan, Akashdeep S.; Aggarwal, Sameer; Nguyen, Ha; Ivers, Rebecca. 2016. "Economic Burden of Hospitalization Due to Injuries in North India: A Cohort Study." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 13, no. 7: 673.
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