A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY ON CATASTROPHIC HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE ON HEALTH IN URBAN SLUM AREA OF AGARTALA

Dr Shampa Das, Dr Subrata Baidya, Dr Sankha Subhra Debnath

Abstract


Background: Health expenditure has been defined catastrophic if 5-20% of total household income is spent on healthcare. Objectives: To estimate the prevalence of catastrophic household expenditures on health care in urban slum area of AMC and to determine the factors associated with catastrophic household expenditure while receiving healthcare. Methodology: A cross sectional study was conducted among 230 households in the urban slum area of Agartala Municipal Corporation for a period of 25 days. A pretested, semi-structured interview schedule was used to collect information. Results: Prevalence of household catastrophic expenditure on health care is 62.61%. Family size (p = 0.001), total monthly income of the family (p = 0.000), types of illnesses (p = 0.0002), health service taken from (p = 0.0262), hospitalization (p = 0.005), number of OPD/ private clinic visits (p = 0.0008) had significantly associated with catastrophic health care expenditure.

Keywords


Out of pocket expenditure, catastrophic health expenditure.

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