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.
SOURCE: Kidney Foundation of Canada
For further information:
Source : Louise Deguire
The Kidney Foundation of Canada - Quebec Branch
Tel: (514) 938-4515/1 800 565-4515 ext. 225 - email: email@example.com