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Study finds that half of Indian households affected by cancer have to sell assets to fund care

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5147 (Published 16 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5147
  1. Adrija Datta
  1. 1Kolkata

Households in India in which at least one member has had cancer face significantly higher healthcare costs than other households, with some being forced to borrow money or sell assets to pay for their treatment, a recent study has found.

The financial costs of cancer can be particularly significant for countries like India, where out-of-pocket expenditures constitute a major part of healthcare associated spending.

In the study, published in PLoS One, the researchers analysed data from the nationally representative National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) 2004 survey, which involved about 74 000 households across the …

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