Monday, 24 February 2014

Investigating the economic burden of angina on households in South Asia

Globally, an estimated 54 million people have angina, 16 million of whom are from the World Health Organisation’s South-East Asia region. Despite the increasing burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in South Asia, there is no evidence of an economic burden of angina on households in this region. Recently, the SPHPM’s PhD Student, Khurshid Alam and Professor Ajay Mahal, Finkel Chair of Global Health for DEPM, investigated the economic burden of angina on households in South Asia.

The study assessed the economic burden of angina on household out-of-pocket (OOP) health spending, borrowing or selling assets, non-medical consumption expenditure, and employment status of angina-affected individuals, using nationally representative World Health Survey data from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka collected during 2002-2003. However, impoverishment, non-medical consumption expenditure and employment status of the angina-affected individual remained mostly unaffected.

The study found that households which had the respondent reporting angina in South Asia face an economic  burden of out of pocket  health expenses (primarily on drugs and other outpatient expenses), and tend to rely on borrowing or selling assets. The findings highlighted the need to protect South Asian households from the financial burden of cardiovascular disease.
To read the whole study, please click link here.

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