Bulamu’s “True Value” Analysis
What is the true value of treatments provided at a Bulamu Supercamp? After Bulamu’s February 2020 Supercamp in Budaka, which treated 17,206 patients at an average cost of $5.10 each, Bulamu’s team performed a detailed empirical analysis of the free market value of the services we are providing without charge.
Using the lowest prices available in the upcountry locations (rather than Kampala, the capital), we researched what it would have cost our patients to get the exact same procedures at a private doctor’s office, clinic, or hospital.
This study shows that instead of $5.10 per patient, the true value of the services we provide is $29.90, or 5.86 times Bulamu’s cost. This 5.86 multiplier means that every $100 invested in healthcare through Bulamu ends up providing $586 worth of value to the poor people of Uganda. The same treatments in the U.S. might require a multiplier of 50X to 100X.
True Value Analysis for our June 2019 Supercamp
The first True Value Analysis we conducted was for our June 2019 Supercamp in Bugiri, which treated 13,661 patients at an average cost of $5.02 each.
This study shows that instead of $5.02 per patient (our average cost/person), the true value of the services we provided was $26.42, or 5.3 times Bulamu’s cost. This 5.3 multiplier means that every $100 invested provided $530 worth of value to the poor people of Uganda at our Bugiri Supercamp.