Table 4

Direct and indirect costs incurred by patients, escorts and the public health system prior to tuberculosis diagnosis.

Mean (median cost per patient)1


Type of cost data

Patients

Escorts

Public health system

Total cost


Indirect costs

Income lost for the time spent during alternative treatment

6 (1.2)

-

-

6 (1.2)

Income lost for the time spent for consultation in public health facilities

6 (2.3)

20.3 (0)

-

31 (8)

Travel time cost of visiting public health facilities

0.8 (0.3)

1 (0.3)

-

2 (0.6)

Indirect total cost

12.2 (6)

21 (2)

-

33 (10)


Direct costs

Non-medical

Transport cost for visits at public health facilities

2.6 (1.2)

1.6 (0)

-

4 (1.4)

Lodging costs during visits to public health facilities

3.3 (0)

1.3 (0)

-

5 (0)

Direct total non-medical cost

6 (2)

3 (0)

-

9 (2.3)

Medical

Cost of other drugs

5 (1.6)

-

0.6 (0)

6 (2)

Consultation cost

0.4 (0)

-

1.4 (2)

3 (2)

Investigation cost

4 (1)

-

2.4(2)

6 (3)

Cost of hospital admission

1 (0)

-

0.2 (0)

4 (0)

Direct total medical

11 (4)

3 (0)

7 (3)

18 (9)


Total direct cost

16 (8)

3 (0)

7 (3)

26 (14)


Total cost

29 (16)

23.4 (2.3)

7 (3)

59 (27)


% to total cost

49

39

12

100


1 Figures are computed at Ethiopia National Bank exchange rate of Birr 8.8 to 1 United States Dollar in 2005/06.

Mesfin et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:173   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-173

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