Evaluation of the Care Costs for Non-Communicable Diseases Incurred by Patients in the Greater Tunis Area
Keywords:Direct costs, indirect costs, non-communicable diseases, COPAQ
Objectives: The objective of this study was to estimate the costs and expenses incurred by patients for the
management of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Methods: The study was carried out in 7 Basic Health Centers (BHCs) distributed all over Greater Tunis and was
conducted using a new tool: the COPAQ.
Results: According to the survey, the direct medical cost was estimated at 127 ± 204.4 TND, while the indirect cost
was estimated at 21.58 ± 39.07 TND and the patient spend a total cost of about 149.1 ± 212.2 TND. Compared to
the guaranteed interprofessional minimum salary, which is set at 378.560 TND, and to the monthly income of the
interviewed patients, which varies between 300-600 TND, the total cost of chronic diseases seemed to be enormous
and not affordable for most patients.
Conclusions: The Tunisian state should take into consideration the incurred expenses and move towards
preventive strategies to decrease the spread of these diseases and thus reduce their costs
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