The Economic Burden of Cancers on Indian Households
Ajay Mahal, Anup Karan, Victoria Y Fan, Michael Engelgau
PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2013
We assessed the burden of cancer on households' out-of-pocket health spending, non-medical consumption, workforce participation, and debt and asset sales using data from a nationally representative health and morbidity survey in India for 2004 of nearly 74 thousand households. Propensity scores were used to match households containing a member diagnosed with cancer (i.e. cancer-affected households) to households with similar socioeconomic and demographic characteristics (controls). Our estimates are based on data from 1,645 households chosen through matching. Cancer-affected households experienced higher levels of outpatient visits and hospital admissions and increased out-of-pocket health e..View full abstract
AK was supported by the Wellcome Trust Capacity Strengthening Strategic Award to the Public Health Foundation of India and a consortium of United Kingdom universities. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.