Health System Capacity and Access Barriers to Diagnosis and Treatment of CVD and Diabetes in Nepal.
Abhishek Sharma, Warren A Kaplan, Gautam Satheesh, Indra Prasad Poudyal, Pawan Gyawali, Dinesh Neupane, Parash Mani Bhandari, Milan Malla, Surendra Sapkota, Shiva Raj Mishra
Global Heart | Published : 2021
Background: Universal access to essential medicines and routine diagnostics is required to combat the growing burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes. Evaluating health systems and various access dimensions availability, affordability, accessibility, acceptability, and quality is crucial yet rarely performed, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Objective: To evaluate health system capacity and barriers in accessing diagnostics and essential medicines for CVD and diabetes in Nepal. Methods: We conducted a WHO/HAI nationally-representative survey in 45 health-facilities (public-sector: 11; private-sector: 34) in Nepal to collect availability and price data for 21 essent..View full abstract