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Economic cost analysis in cancer management and its relevance today

Author(s): Sharma K | Das S | Mukhopadhyay A | Rath G | Mohanti B

Journal: Indian Journal of Cancer
ISSN 0019-509X

Volume: 46;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 184;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Cancer | cost-analysis | developing countries

The global cancer burden has shown a distinct shift in the last two decades and its financial impact can be large, even among patients living in high resource countries, with comprehensive health insurance policies. It is hard to imagine its impact on patients of developing countries where insurance policies exist infrequently and often cost becomes the greatest barrier in availing cancer treatment. It is recognized that these costs include the direct cost of disease treatment and care, indirect costs accrued by the patient and the family, and economic losses to the society as a whole. Economic cost analysis or cost-effectiveness analysis has emerged as a basic tool in the evaluation of health-care practices. To date, these cost data have been collected only sporadically, even in the most developed countries, and there is a great need for incorporating economic cost assessment practices in developing countries, so that patients and their families can access the care adequately. The current review has been done using pubmed and medline search with keywords like cancer, cost-analysis, cost-effectiveness, economic burden, medical cost, etc.
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