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Table 4 Estimated total household economic cost of BU, Ghana, 2012

From: Household cost of out-patient treatment of Buruli ulcer in Ghana: a case study of Obom in Ga South Municipality

Direct costs Economic cost (US$) Cost profile (%)
Children (n = 45) Adults (n = 18) Total (n = 63)
Medical cost:     
Wound dressing supplies (i.e., bandages, gauze, disinfectants, vaseline) 504.32 (11.21) 606.79 (33.71) 1,111.11 (17.64) 3.1
Other treatments (i.e., medication & laboratory tests ): 53.70 (1.19) 28.52 (1.58) 82.22 (1.31) 0.2
Sub-total: 558.02 (12.40) 635.31 (35.30) 1,193.33 (18.94) 3.3
Non-medical cost:     
Transportation 18,866.67 (419.26) 9,150.33 (508.35) 28,017.00 (444.71) 78.1
Food (i.e., patient & caregiver) 3,094.63 (68.77) 1,300.00 (72.22) 4,394.63 (69.76) 12.2
Miscellaneous (i.e., soap, clothes, disinfectants, phone calls etc.) 594.69 (13.22) 337.66 (18.76) 932.35 (14.80) 2.6
Sub-total: 22,555.99 (501.24) 10,787.99 (599.33) 33,343.98 (529.27) 92.8
Total direct cost 23,114.01 (513.64) 11,423.30 (634.63) 34,537.31 (548.21) 96.2
Total valued indirect cost (i.e., productivity lost) 332.98* (7.40) 1,045.69 (58.09) 1,378.67 (21.88) 3.8
Total cost (direct + indirect costs) 23,446.99 (521.04) 12,468.99 (692.72) 35,915.98 (570.09) 100
  1. *Caregivers associated cost not children.
  2. Figures in parenthesis are means.