Economics research promotes malaria testingPosted: January 9, 2013
Subsidizing the costs of malaria tests, he noted, makes them more affordable for both drug stores and patients, and thus more accessible, Dickens said. He added that stores often don’t provide these tests if they must pay full price, citing a fear of being unable to sell them.
“Overall, we proved that you could distribute the tests through the private sector,” Dickens said, noting that hospitals and public health organizations traditionally perform the tests. “This was a very effective way to get more tests out.”
Dickens presented the findings last weekend at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association.