Analyses of the health costs in developing countries have mainly dealt with provider costs.
This is in spite of the fact that the bulk of illness related costs is borne by households.
Where studied, household time and financial costs have not been treated in a comprehensive way.
However, an incomplete cost assessment will lead to an understimation of household costs.
Using data from a household interview survey in a rural area of Burkina Faso, the authors carried out an exhaustive assessment of the economic cost of illness that households incur.
Financial costs included out-of pocket expenditures for drugs, fees, transport to the treatment site, lodging and food for accompanying household members.
Time costs, in turn, were comprised of production foregone both by the sick person and by healthy household members, who tended to the sick.
Time costs amounted to by far the largest proportion (73%) of total household costs.
Of the total amount of illness related time loss of the average household, 45% was due to the fact that healthy household members tended to or accompanied their sick kin.
Mots-clés Pascal : Analyse coût, Santé, A domicile, Zone rurale, Etude comparative, Homme, Burkina Faso, Afrique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Cost analysis, Health, At home, Rural area, Comparative study, Human, Burkina Faso, Africa
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0241135
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 09/06/1995.