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Table 4 Annual medical costs for one TB treatment (RMB). Excludes costs for diagnosis

From: Patient medical costs for tuberculosis treatment and impact on adherence in China: a systematic review

Study Methods n Variables County or patient group TB treatment Annual cost % of annual household income
Liu 20108 Method: Survey Includes: All TB patients Extent: 8 counties 163 Average expenditure in previous month on TB drugs and tests Income below poverty line <3720/year (n = 24) Free 1584 a 93%
Meng 200410 Method: Survey Includes: All patients Extent: 4 counties 312 Average total medical annual cost per patient Poor county 1 (n = 81)
Poor county 2 (n = 65)
Free
Free
3070
2241
119%
57%
Jackson 200611 Method: Case control Costs prospective Includes: All patients Extent: 4 counties 160 Direct medical costs per completed treatment Mixed income (n = 144) Free 1940 39% b
Zhang 200712 Method: Household survey Number: 143,991 people Includes: TB patients Extent: National 180 Annual household medical cost Low income (n = 80) Mixed 1241 42%
Xu 201013 Method: Survey Includes: All TB patients Extent: 6 counties 501 Annual household medical cost Poor county 1 (n = 68)
Poor county 2 (n = 88)
Free
Free
5228
4079
65%
84%
Liu 200714 Method: Survey Includes: Random sample (TB patients) Extent: 3 poor counties in each of 4 provinces 889 Direct medical cost per treatment Province 1 (n = 217))
Province 2 (n = 228)
Province 3 (n = 223)
Province 4 (n = 221)
Free
Free
Free
Free
775
800
1760
445
8% c
11%
27%
5%
Xu 200615 Method: Cohort study Includes: All TB patients Extent: 2 counties 465 Direct medical cost per treatment Middle county 1 (n = 183)
Middle county 2 (n = 282)
Free
Charged
90
704
2% d
12%
Zhan 20049e Method: Survey Includes: All patientsf Extent: 3 counties 257 Direct medical costs per treatment Middle county 1 (n = 46)
Middle county 2 (n = 105)
Free
Charged
1517
1754
NA
Huang 200916 Method: Survey Includes: Sample (TB patients) Extent: 10 counties 100 Direct medical costs per treatment Unknown Free 1635 NA
  1. NA: not available
  2. a Monthly costs estimated multiplied by six; Monthly household income reported multiplied by twelve
  3. b From reported average annual household income of the TB patients interviewed
  4. c From total cost as a percentage of annual household expenditure
  5. d Based on reported average annual household income of the TB patients interviewed
  6. e Cost in US$ converted to RMB by exchange rate used in the study. One county excluded as data from health worker estimates
  7. f Random sample in one of the three counties