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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 32, No. 3, 2014, pp. 465-470
Bioline Code: hn14050
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 32, No. 3, 2014, pp. 465-470

 en Funds for Treatment of Hospitalized Patients: Evidence from Bangladesh
Begum, Farhana; Alam, Shahinul & Hossain, Akmal


This study was designed to explore sources of funds for health expenditure of patients if they are hospitalized. We have included 379 patients of 3 private and 7 public hospitals to estimate total expenditure. Of them, 229 (60.4%) were from public and 150 (39.6%) from private hospitals. Mean expenditure was Tk 60,613.3 and 8,262.7, and duration of hospital stay was 10.7 and 11.8 days in private and public hospitals respectively. More than half (55%) of the patients from middle class were treated in private hospitals. Of them, 278 (74.0%) were funded by themselves, 48 (12.8%) by loan with interest rate of 100% to 180%, 23 (6.1%) by loan without interest, 17 (4.5%) by losing their fixed asset, and 4 (1.1%) by begging in the street. Most of the patients did bear expenditure by themselves, followed by loan with high interest rate. ‘Distress’ selling of property was also a source. Middle-class patients could be comfortable with expenditure if they were in public hospitals.

Developing nations; Healthcare expenditure; Health service; Hospitals; Bangladesh

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