Paying the price: what are NCDs costing you?

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The economic burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) on households poses major challenges to achieving Sustainable Development Goal targets of ending poverty in all its manifestations by 2030 as well as realising Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Many governments, particularly in high-income countries, directly finance healthcare costs for their populations, and various mechanisms, particularly public insurance, have been introduced by several countries to reduce household out-of-pocket expenditures. It is unclear what the impact of these mechanisms have been for people living with NCDs.

A 2023 policy research report from the NCD Alliance on out-of-pocket spending for NCDs treatment and care confirms that poor and marginalised groups are hit hardest, with a greater economic burden observed among people living with NCDs in low- and middle-income countries. But what effects do these costs have and what coping mechanisms do people with NCDs use when faced with out of pocket expenditure?

Join C3 Collaborating for Health and The George Institute's Dr. Devaki Nambiar, one of the authors of the report, to learn more.


  • Dr Devaki Nambiar

    Devaki Nambiar is Program Director, Healthier Societies Strategy at the George Institute for Global Health India with appointments at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India, the University of New South Wales, Australia, and the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, USA.