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Economics of the tuberculosis epidemic

Tuberculosis has become a global health problem, but one that could easily be resolved if only there existed an international determination to resolve it. From an economic point of view this epidemic is about wasted lives and lost productivity, about the need to organize and finance the health sector efficiently to serve the needs of the population, and about the need to provide for equitable access to appropriate health services. The present chapter reviews the background of the tuberculosis epidemic, as well as its current stage, and then explains why the problem will not disappear by itself. It focuses on the economic and organizational issues of tuberculosis control and recommends new initiatives and strategies to supplement current work in the field.

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