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Economic burden of care for chronic diseases of poor rural households in China

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Henry Lucas gives a short presentation on research from FHS and POVILL on chronic diseases at the iHEA 2011 conference in Toronto.

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Economic burden of care for chronic diseases of poor rural households in China

  1. 1. Economic burden of care for chronic diseases of poor rural households in China<br />Shijun Ding, Zhe Li, Henry Lucas and Gerald Bloom<br />iHEA Toronto 11 July 2011<br />
  2. 2. POVILL<br />Probability sample of households in two poor study counties in the Chinese provinces of Hubei and Sichuan – a total of 12,000 households.<br />Questionnaire survey used to identify those impacted by ‘major illness’ over previous year.<br />Probability sample of 600 of these major illness households for in-depth interviews using rapid appraisal methodology.<br />
  3. 3. Total and Resident Populations<br />
  4. 4. Prevalence of serious chronic illness<br />
  5. 5. Expenditure on major illnesses<br />
  6. 6. The cost of chronic care<br />
  7. 7. Key issues<br /><ul><li>Internal migration has radically affected the population distribution in many poor rural counties – a very substantial proportion of the working age population has moved out.
  8. 8. There are very high prevalence rates of serious, typically chronic, illness among the older members of these populations.
  9. 9. Outpatient expenditures on chronic illness can be comparable to those for inpatient care.
  10. 10. Productivity losses resulting from chronic illness often pose a more serious threat to household livelihoods than health expenditure.</li>

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