The cost of treatment for child pneumonias and meningitis in the Northern Areas of Pakistan

Hamidah Hussain, Hugh Waters, Saad B. Omer, Aamir Khan, Imam Yar Baig, Rozina Mistry, Neal A Halsey

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Abstract

Pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis place a significant economic burden on health care systems, particularly in developing countries. This study estimates treatment costs for these diseases in health facilities in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. Health facility resources are organized by categories - including salaries, capital costs, utilities, overhead, maintenance and supplies - and quantified using activity-based costing (ABC) techniques. The average cost of treatment for an outpatient case of child pneumonia is $13.44. For hospitalized care, the health system spent an average of $71 per episode for pneumonia, $235 for severe pneumonia, and $2,043 for meningitis. These costs provide important background information for the potential introduction of the conjugate Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and Streptococcus pneumoniae vaccines in Pakistan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-238
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Health Planning and Management
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2006

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Pakistan
Meningitis
Health Care Costs
Pneumonia
Health Facilities
costs
health
Economics
Delivery of Health Care
Costs and Cost Analysis
Haemophilus influenzae type b
Cost of Illness
Health Resources
Salaries and Fringe Benefits
Streptococcus pneumoniae
salary
Developing Countries
contagious disease
Sepsis
Outpatients

Keywords

  • Cost
  • Meningitis
  • Pakistan
  • Pneumonia
  • Vaccines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Health Policy

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The cost of treatment for child pneumonias and meningitis in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. / Hussain, Hamidah; Waters, Hugh; Omer, Saad B.; Khan, Aamir; Baig, Imam Yar; Mistry, Rozina; Halsey, Neal A.

In: International Journal of Health Planning and Management, Vol. 21, No. 3, 07.2006, p. 229-238.

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Hussain, Hamidah ; Waters, Hugh ; Omer, Saad B. ; Khan, Aamir ; Baig, Imam Yar ; Mistry, Rozina ; Halsey, Neal A. / The cost of treatment for child pneumonias and meningitis in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. In: International Journal of Health Planning and Management. 2006 ; Vol. 21, No. 3. pp. 229-238.
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