Indian Journal of Community Medicine

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2009  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 335--337

A study to assess catastrophic household expenditure on childhood illness in an urban slum in Bijapur


Shailaja Sharabasappa Patil, Aditya Suryabhan Berad, Mahabaleshwar Mahantappa Angadi 
 Department of Community Medicine, Shri B M Patil Medical College, Bijapur, Karnataka, India

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Shailaja Sharabasappa Patil
Department of Community Medicine, Shri B M Patil Medical College, Bijapur, Karnataka
India

Objective: In this study, the various factors determining the out-of-pocket expenditure on child health care by households are discussed to answer the following questions: How much are households currently spending on child health care? Is there any role of socio-economic status of households on expenditure on child health care? What percentage of their income is spent on child health care and is it catastrophic? Materials and Methods: Four slums with a total a population of 7000 were selected for this study. Households where there is history of illness/ sickness in children under 5 years in last one month were included in the study. Results: There were a total of 218 episodes of child illness in the households. The household«SQ»s belonging to socio- economic class I and II had higher spending on child«SQ»s illness per episode as compared to households of socio- economic class III, IV, and V. Socioeconomic status was the key determinant of health care expenditure. Conclusion: In this study, it has been found that almost all the households suffered from catastrophic health expenditure.


How to cite this article:
Patil SS, Berad AS, Angadi MM. A study to assess catastrophic household expenditure on childhood illness in an urban slum in Bijapur.Indian J Community Med 2009;34:335-337


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Patil SS, Berad AS, Angadi MM. A study to assess catastrophic household expenditure on childhood illness in an urban slum in Bijapur. Indian J Community Med [serial online] 2009 [cited 2020 Aug 12 ];34:335-337
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