The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
Vol. 27, No. 6, 2009, pp. 725-732
Bioline Code: hn09074
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 27, No. 6, 2009, pp. 725-732
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Treatment Cost for Typhoid Fever at Two Hospitals in Kolkata, India|
Sur, Dipika; Chatterjee, Susmita; Riewpaiboon, Arthorn; Manna, Byomkesh; Kanungo, Suman & Bhattacharya, Sujit K.
The purpose of this study was to estimate treatment cost for typhoid fever at two hospitals in Kolkata,
India. This study was an incidence-based cost-of-illness analysis from the providers’ perspective. Microcosting
approach was employed for calculating patient-specific data. Unit costs of medical services used in
the calculation were directly measured from the study hospital by standard method. The study hospitals
were selected based on accessibility to data and cooperation. Eighty-three Widal-positive and/or cultureconfirmed
patients with typhoid fever during November 2003–April 2006 were included in the study. Most
(93%) patients were children. Eighty-one percent was treated at the outpatient department. The average
duration of hospitalization for child and adult patients was 8.4 and 4.2 days respectively. The average cost
of treating children, adults, and all patients was US$ 16.72, 72.71, and 20.77 respectively (in 2004 prices).
Recalculation based on 80% occupancy rate in inpatient wards (following the recommendation of the
World Health Organization) found that the cost of treating children, adults, and all patients was US$ 14.53,
36.44, and 16.11 respectively.
Costs of illness; Healthcare cost; Treatment cost; Typhoid fever; India
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