The Kidney Foundation of Canada unveils economic study on the direct and indirect benefits of kidney transplantation

MONTREAL, Nov. 13, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Kidney Foundation of Canada today released the results of its economic study on the healthcare-related costs of dialysis and kidney transplantation.

According to estimates, dialysis treatments cost the healthcare system approximately $60,000 a year per patient, compared with $23,000 for a kidney transplant, to which a further $6,000 a year must be added for anti-rejection drugs. Over a five-year period, the total cost of a kidney transplant is around $250,000 less per patient than dialysis. Beyond these figures, one also needs to take into account the improved quality of life enjoyed by transplant recipients, who can lead active lives and return to the labour market.

"From an economic standpoint, it's obvious that kidney transplantation lessens the financial burden on our healthcare system. We should also remember that the strictly monetary costs associated with dialysis—those related to transportation, medication and loss of revenue - exact a heavy social toll as well: kidney patients have to undergo dialysis treatments three times a week just to survive and are often forced to withdraw from the workforce," explains Dr. Yves Rabeau, professor of economics at UQAM.

The need to minimize the social and economic impacts of kidney failure in Quebec is urgent. The number of people suffering from the condition is on the rise, due mainly to the increase in diabetes and high blood pressure, which are precursors to kidney disease.

"We would like to see an increase in the number of kidney transplants. In fact, this particular avenue needs to be given priority within our healthcare system. It's the solution that offers patients the greatest chance at a normal quality of life, not to mention the most economical option for society," said Dr. Michel R. Pâquet, chairman of The Kidney Foundation of Canada's Organ and Tissue Donation Committee.

For an electronic version of the study http://www.kidney.ca/page.aspx?pid=500#etude

About The Kidney Foundation of Canada
The Kidney Foundation of Canada is the national volunteer organization committed to reducing the burden of kidney disease through funding and stimulating innovative research; providing education and support; promoting access to high quality healthcare; and increasing public awareness and commitment to advancing kidney health and organ donation. www.kidney.ca/quebec

SOURCE: Kidney Foundation of Canada

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Source : Louise Deguire
Communications Director 
The Kidney Foundation of Canada - Quebec Branch
Tel: (514) 938-4515/1 800 565-4515 ext. 225 -  email: louisedeguire@rein.ca