Catastrophic Healthcare Expenditure and Coping Strategies among Patients Attending Cancer Treatment Services in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia [post]

2020 unpublished
With the rapid increase in magnitude and mortality of cancer, which is costly disease to manage, several patients particularly in developing countries are facing a huge financial burden. Objective: The purpose of the study was to examine the level of catastrophic health expenditure (CHE), identify associated factors and coping strategies among patients attending cancer treatment services in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Methods: A hospital based cross-sectional survey of patients with cancer was
more » ... th cancer was conducted in public and private hospitals between January and March 2018. Data was collected using a structured questionnaire. All direct medical and nonmedical expenditures were measured and reported as expenditure (US$) per patient (1US$ equivalent to 23.41 Ethiopian Birr). The CHE was estimated using a threshold of 10% of annual household income. Results: A total of 352 (response rate of 87.1%) participants were interviewed. Majority (73.3%) of the respondents were females; most (94%) from public hospitals and their mean (±SD) age was 48±13.2years. The distribution of cancer was mostly concentrated among 35-44 (30.4%) age group category. Breast (36.9 %) and Cervical (16.5%) cancers accounted the largest proportion. Vast majority (74.4%) of patients experienced CHE with mean overall expenditure of $2366 per patient (median: $1708). Medical expenditure shared the highest overall expenditure (83.6%) with mean medical and nonmedical costs of $1978 (median: $1394) and $388 (median: $222), respectively.
doi:10.21203/rs.2.15467/v2 fatcat:xr22h6frnfdkdf4z5hpswlul5m