Health Desk--20 April, 2019: Families may be spending the highest amount from their pockets for caesarian section deliveries among different child delivery-related expenses in Bangladesh, said a recent icddr,b analysis, reports UNB.
C-section deliveries fork out an average USD 250 (equivalent to Tk 21,121) out-of-pocket (OOP) expenditure while a normal delivery burden on the pocket is only around USD 60 (equivalent to Tk 5,069) when childbirth takes place in healthcare facilities.
This year World Health Day theme Universal Health Coverage (UHC) calls for greater access to quality health services without financial hardship, and reiterates that about 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty each year because of OOP spending on health.
As indicated by the icddr,b study, cases of such lopsided OOP cost for c-section deliveries may be rising because C-section rate has gone as high as 31 percent of all deliveries in Bangladesh in recent years.
This rate is well over WHO standards at 10 to 15 percent and icddr,b researchers have earlier urged to implement effective national monitoring on c-section deliveries.
In order to minimise child delivery-associated cost, the study suggests introducing social health insurance - an initiative in line with the core objective of the Healthcare Financing Strategy of Bangladesh that aspires to achieve UHC by 2032.