Financial incentive- Does this have impact on outcome of Tuberculosis?
Background: Although most public services provide tests and TB drugs free of charge worldwide, opportunity costs pose barriers to accessing TB services and treatment. 'Kumar Raajratna Bhimrao Ambedkar Vaidakiya Sahay Yojana (KRBAVSY)' popularly known as Free Medical Aid Scheme is in operation in Gujarat since early 70s for SC and since 1991 for SEBC to provide monetary incentive. Primary objective: Evaluation of utilization and effectiveness of Financial incentives given under Free Medical Aids scheme on RNTCP in Gujarat. Methodology: A retrospective cohort study was undertaken in which all TB patients registered under RNTCP in Gandhinagar district were evaluated for their eligibility for KRBAVSY scheme, and whether eligible patients got benefit or not. Also, treatment outcome of patients were compared. Results: Out of total 1430 patients inquired, 896 (62.7%) patients were found eligible for the scheme, while only 87 (9.7%) patients confirmed that they had got the benefit of scheme. Eligible patients who got benefit under scheme had almost five times higher odds of successful outcome of TB treatment. Conclusion: The TB patients who got benefit of KRBAVSY scheme had significantly better successful treatment outcome in comparison to the TB patients who did not get benefit.
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