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Data InsightsDrug-resistant tuberculosis is much more expensive to treat
May 15, 2024Saloni Dattani

Drug-resistant tuberculosis is much more expensive to treat

Tuberculosis is usually treatable with a specific combination of antibiotics.

But without proper treatment, the bacteria can survive and potentially develop antibiotic resistance to more and more drugs.

This drug-resistant bacteria can then spread to others, causing disease that’s much more difficult and expensive to treat.

The chart shows the cost of treating a single patient with tuberculosis, depending on their type of tuberculosis.

For tuberculosis patients in India without drug-resistance, the average cost of treatment is only $24.

But among patients who have multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, the cost is almost $400. With extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, it’s more than $1000.

Tuberculosis is usually treatable with a specific combination of antibiotics. However, without proper treatment, the bacteria can survive and develop antibiotic resistance to an increasing number of drugs. This drug-resistant bacteria can then spread to other people, making the disease much more expensive to treat.

The chart shows the cost of treating a single patient with tuberculosis in India.

For tuberculosis patients without drug resistance, the average cost of treatment is only $24.

But among patients who have multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, the cost is almost $400. With extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, it costs more than $1,000. That’s about 50 times higher than patients without drug resistance.