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Financial Prudence of Healthcare Screening Program in Urban Set-up

Aditya Kumar, Saroj Kumar Patnaik, Madhav M Singh, Nishu Singh, Ashuthosh Sharma, Tapas Paul

Keywords : Cost-benefit evaluation, Cost-effectiveness, Healthcare, Screening program

Citation Information : Kumar A, Patnaik SK, Singh MM, Singh N, Sharma A, Paul T. Financial Prudence of Healthcare Screening Program in Urban Set-up. Int J Res Foundation Hosp Healthc Adm 2018; 6 (2):51-56.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10035-1091

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-09-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; The Author(s).


Introduction: Health screening is one of the rapidly growing and accepted practice in healthcare setup across the globe. Public health screening programs are used to control epidemics of infectious disease and to target treatment for numerous chronic diseases. Methods: Duration of the study: The study was carried out from November 2018 to January 2019. Study setting: The study was carried out at Meerut. Study design: Traditional costing was done, and then a comparison was drawn to estimate the realistic costs incurred towards medical camp. Results: The cost of screening during the camp was INR 616 per person. With this cost, a large number of disorders were detected in an early stage which has the potential to develop in full-blown disease which may cause more cost to society at large. Hence this study recommends such screening program for families should be carried out on the frequent interval at least annually. Conclusion: Public health screening programs are used to control disease and to target treatment for acute or chronic diseases. Medical screening programs provide medical as well as socioeconomic benefits. Medical screening is a method for detecting disease or body dysfunction before an individual would normally seek medical care. The fundamental purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment of the individual and, thus, it has a clinical focus. Screening tests are generally administered to people who have not yet sought medical care, but at high risk for certain adverse health outcomes. This is a very cost-effective method of preventing the disease at an early stage. The study revealed the screening program is a very effective tool, as shown in this study.

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