Cost Of Severe Dengue, Tetanus And Sepsis In Adult Patients At The Hospital For Tropical Diseases, Ho Chi Minh City


Principal Investigators
Nguyen Thanh Nguyen and Trinh Manh Hung

Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

This study aims to measure the costs of patients with severe dengue, sepsis and tetanus infection that need critical care.


Critical care is one of the most expensive health care services globally. In high-income countries (HICs), critical care typically requires high technological equipment and high-skilled human resources. In many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), it is commonly impractical to follow the same procedures owing to limited resources.

In LMICs, more than eight million people die a year that could be prevented by the health care system, which causes an economic loss of US$ 6 trillion. To fully evaluate the effectiveness of the new technology both in terms of utility and economic benefit, it is essential to evaluate the unit cost of ICU care. Currently, this information is sparse and urgently needed. Moreover, there is considerable uncertainty in the ICU cost across diseases and conditions.


Specifically, we measure the direct medical cost, direct non-medical cost, and productivity cost of patients and informal caregivers during their stay in the ICU compared to when staying in the general ward. Understanding these daily costs incurred by patients will allow us to assess the potential cost savings of new ICU innovations under the VITAL project.


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