Financial impact of oral cancer treatment on the households in rural India
Sourav Goswami1, Subodh Sharan Gupta2, Nitin Gangane3, Virendra Vyas4, Aroop Royburman5
1 Labcorp Scientific Services & Solutions Private Limited, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, MGIMS, Sevagram, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Pathology, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
4 Department of Radiotherapy, MGIMS, Sevagram, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
5 Regional Cancer Center, Agartala Government Medical College, Agartala, Tripura, India
Background: Oral cancer ranks second and accounts for over 20% of all cancers reported in India. Like management of all other cancers, oral cancers bring a heavy financial burden to their families. This study analyzes the financial burden on families during the management of oral cancer at Kasturba Hospital, Sewagram, a government-aided tertiary health care facility in central India.
Methods: The hospital-based cross-sectional study was conducted in the cancer unit of a government-aided tertiary hospital of central India. A total of 100 patients with oral cancer being treated in the hospital were included in the study. Information regarding cost incurred on management of oral cancer was inquired from a close family member or a caregiver of the study subjects.
Results: The out-of-pocket expenditure on treatment of oral cancer was approximately INR 100,000 (USD 1363). It has been found that 96% of families experienced catastrophic health expenditure as a result of treatment.
Conclusion: Although India aims for universal health coverage, it is important to protect cancer patients from catastrophic health expenditure.
Subodh Sharan Gupta,
Department of Community Medicine, MGIMS, Sevagram, Wardha, Maharashtra
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None