cost of treating diabetes in kenya.

AZIMA WELLNESS CONSULTANTS 66 DAYS LIFESTYLE AND BEHAVIOR CHANGE ADJUSTMENT CHALLENGE.

COST OF TREATING DIABETES IN KENYA

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There is an increasing recognition that non communicable diseases are continuously imposing large economic costs on families, societies and nations. Conditions like kidney failure, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, arthritis and cancer are leaving many families bankrupt when a member of the family gets any of or a combination of these NCDs.

Tabulating the cost of some of these diseases like ‘dialysis’ in the case of ‘kidney failure’ or chemo/radiotherapy sessions is easy to compute. However, diabetes is hard to evaluate because it manifest itself in many ways in our life.

The cost of managing diabetes is far reaching because it affects the blood which is the carrier material for nutrients to all organs and cells. There are direct costs and related costs. They start at pre diabetes stage, diagnosis costs to management after confirmation of the condition.

These includes but not limited to; Diabetes exerts a heavy economic burden on society. This burden is related to health system costs incurred by society in managing the disease,

Indirect costs resulting from productivity losses due to patient disability and premature mortality, time spent by family members accompanying patients when seeking care, and intangible costs
(psychological pain to the family and loved ones).

Diabetes exerts a heavy economic burden on society. This
burden is related to health system costs incurred by society in managing the disease, indirect costs resulting from
productivity losses due to patient disability and premature
mortality, time spent by family members accompany-
ing patients when seeking care, and intangible costs
(psychological pain to the family and loved ones).

Diabetes exerts a heavy economic burden on society. This
burden is related to health system costs incurred by soci-
ety in managing the disease, indirect costs resulting from
productivity losses due to patient disability and prema-
ture mortality, time spent by family members accompany-
ing patients when seeking care, and intangible costs
(psychological pain to the family and loved ones).

Diabetes exerts a heavy economic burden on society. This
burden is related to health system costs incurred by soci-
ety in managing the disease, indirect costs resulting from
productivity losses due to patient disability and prema-
ture mortality, time spent by family members accompany-
ing patients when seeking care, and intangible costs
(psychological pain to the family and loved one

The economic burden of diabetes comprises of direct costs, indirect costs and intangible costs.

Direct costs have two components.
1. Cost of diagnosis tests (HBA1c test, lipid profile, proteinuria test, blood sugar test, electrocardiogram)
-cost of medicines and accessories (insulin, oral drugs) and devices for injecting insulin syringes+ needles).
2. The out-of-pocket expenses borne by the patients and their families
including health service provider consultation fees and
medicines costs, lab tests and x-rays
Transport cost to and from health facilities.
The indirect costs consist of opportunity cost of time lost due to morbidity (temporary disability and permanent disability) and premature mortality.

1.The morbidity-related component includes;
-Productivity loss of the time invested by patients in outpatient department consultations
-Commuting to and from hospitals
-Waiting to see a doctor for consultation or admissions and during institutionalized treatment;
-Time taken by relatives accompanying patients during pre-admission consultations
-cost of travel to and from hospitals accompanying patient
-waiting for patients to be admitted
-relatives visiting patients who are admitted in hospital.
-Mortality-related cost component is equal to the lost work-years due to premature death (i.e. retirement age minus age at death) multiplied with the average remuneration per year.

Intangible costs refer to welfare losses due to the physical and psychological pain.
-Due to the stigma attached to chronic diseases, diabetes lead to emotional and mental stress which results to even more complications both financial and social to the members of the families affected. Stress is one of the big causes of chronic diseases.

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With Profound Respect,
Coach Maina Azimio.

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