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Out-of-pocket Expenditure in Childhood Cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic in an LMIC
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  • ESSY MARADIEGUE,
  • Ivan Maza,
  • Sharon Chavez,
  • Lourdes Aranda,
  • Claudia Pascual,
  • Henry Garcia,
  • Rodolfo Paredes,
  • Carolina Riojas,
  • Annaly Benavente,
  • Miguel Gonzales,
  • Isabel Hurtado,
  • Betsy Cabrera,
  • Christopher Machado,
  • Erick Mattos,
  • Victor Palacios,
  • Mariela Tello,
  • Liliana Vasquez
ESSY MARADIEGUE
Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplasicas
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Ivan Maza
Hospital Nacional Edgardo Rebagliati Martins
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Sharon Chavez
Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplasicas
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Lourdes Aranda
National Hospital Edgardo Rebagliati Martins
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Claudia Pascual
Pan American Health Organization
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Henry Garcia
Instituto Regional de Enfermedades Neoplasicas del Sur
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Rodolfo Paredes
Hospital Belen De Trujillo
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Carolina Riojas
Hospital Regional de Lambayeque
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Annaly Benavente
Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplasicas
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Miguel Gonzales
Presidencia del Consejo de Ministros
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Isabel Hurtado
National Hospital Edgardo Rebagliati Martins
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Betsy Cabrera
Instituto Regional de Enfermedades Neoplasicas del Sur
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Christopher Machado
Hospital Belen De Trujillo
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Erick Mattos
National Hospital Edgardo Rebagliati Martins
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Victor Palacios
Estado Peruano Ministerio de Salud
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Mariela Tello
Rebagliati Hospital
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Liliana Vasquez
Pan American Health Organization
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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented economic and health vulnerability and inequities globally. This study aims to determine the out-of-pocket (OOP) expenditure of families of children with cancer in Peru before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. We conducted a cross-sectional survey of 235 parents and caregivers of children diagnosed with cancer in Peru. Our study suggests that OOP expenses in these families constitute a catastrophic expense for health. This situation was aggravated due to a decrease in the economic income for most families due to the disruption in formal and informal employment.