Up-front cost for treating an HIV-infected patient in Africa is $30 USD per visit
News tip from the 2004, XV International Conference on AIDS, July 11-16, Bangkok, Thailand
Researchers at Johns Hopkins and the Perinatal HIV Research Unit, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, have determined that the actual average cost for providing primary care to an HIV-infected patient is $30 USD per visit.
"Health care providers and government policy makers can use the information to plan and prepare budgets for aid programs in South and sub-Saharan Africa, where new infections increasingly overwhelm local health services," says study co-author Neil Martinson, M.P.H., research associate, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
While the costs associated with secondary therapy - using antiretroviral medications - are significant and well known, little information has to date been available about the other costs associated with care. On average, there is a three-month period of primary care, such as laboratory tests, for people who are HIV-infected, before they can start anti-retroviral therapy.
The six-month study looked at the costs associated with providing primary care to nearly 2,000 patients. Actual costs ranged from $25 for a basic visit to $50 per visit when screening tests were performed. Included in the $30 average figure are costs for staff (35 percent, primarily a nurse supported by a community doctor), plus laboratory tests (26 percent), drugs (11 percent), and X-rays (5 percent). Remaining costs were associated with overhead.
David March | EurekAlert!
The most recent press releases about innovation >>>
Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:
New success for Konstanz physicists in studying the quantum vacuum
An important step towards a completely new experimental access to quantum physics has been made at University of Konstanz. The team of scientists headed by...
HZI researchers decipher infection mechanisms of Yersinia and immune responses of the host
Yersiniae cause severe intestinal infections. Studies using Yersinia pseudotuberculosis as a model organism aim to elucidate the infection mechanisms of these...
Researchers from the University of Hamburg in Germany, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Aarhus in Denmark, have synthesized a new superconducting material by growing a few layers of an antiferromagnetic transition-metal chalcogenide on a bismuth-based topological insulator, both being non-superconducting materials.
While superconductivity and magnetism are generally believed to be mutually exclusive, surprisingly, in this new material, superconducting correlations...
Laser-driving of semimetals allows creating novel quasiparticle states within condensed matter systems and switching between different states on ultrafast time scales
Studying properties of fundamental particles in condensed matter systems is a promising approach to quantum field theory. Quasiparticles offer the opportunity...
Among the general public, solar thermal energy is currently associated with dark blue, rectangular collectors on building roofs. Technologies are needed for aesthetically high quality architecture which offer the architect more room for manoeuvre when it comes to low- and plus-energy buildings. With the “ArKol” project, researchers at Fraunhofer ISE together with partners are currently developing two façade collectors for solar thermal energy generation, which permit a high degree of design flexibility: a strip collector for opaque façade sections and a solar thermal blind for transparent sections. The current state of the two developments will be presented at the BAU 2017 trade fair.
As part of the “ArKol – development of architecturally highly integrated façade collectors with heat pipes” project, Fraunhofer ISE together with its partners...