Journal article

The household-level economic burden of heart disease in India

Anup Karan, Michael Engelgau, Ajay Mahal



OBJECTIVES: To estimate healthcare use and financial burden associated with heart disease among Indian households. METHODS: Data from the 2004 round household survey of the National Sample Survey in India were used to assess the implications of heart disease for out-of-pocket health spending, spending on items other than health care, employment and healthcare financing patterns, by matching households with a member self-reporting heart disease (cardiovascular disease (CVD)-affected households) to (control) households with similar socio-economic and demographic characteristics. Propensity score matching methods were used. RESULTS: Compared with control households, CVD-affected households had ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge helpful research assistance from Suhith Illesinghe. Anup Karan is supported by the Wellcome Trust Capacity Strengthening Strategic Award to the Public Health Foundation of India and a consortium of UK universities. Ajay Mahal is supported by a Establishment Grant funded by the Alan and Elizabeth Finkel Foundation at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.