Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), while traditionally considered a “rich world”-problem, have been spreading fast in low and middle income countries and by now account for a large share of mortality and ill-health in these countries, too. In addition to the disease burden, NCDs may also impose a substantial economic cost. One way in which NCDs might impact people’s economic well-being may be via the out-of-pocket expenditures required to cover treatment and other costs associated with suffering from an NCD.
- Catastrophic out-of-pocket expenditures
- Non-communicable diseases
- Developing countries