Chronic Kidney Disease in England: The Human and Financial Cost – NHS Kidney Care – 6 August 2012

Posted on August 28, 2012. Filed under: Health Economics, Nephrology |

Chronic Kidney Disease in England: The Human and Financial Cost – NHS Kidney Care – 6 August 2012

“England’s £1.4 billion price tag for kidney disease

Kidney disease costs the NHS more than breast, lung, colon and skin cancer combined, yet too many cases remain undiagnosed and untreated, according to a report published today by NHS Kidney Care.

The report, which is summarised today (6 August) in in the medical journal Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation has found that chronic kidney disease (CKD) costs the NHS in England more than £1.4bn each year.

This is more than the combined NHS spend on breast, lung, colon and skin cancer (£1.37 billion), according to the full-length study Chronic Kidney Disease in England: The Human and Financial Cost

Treating kidney disease, including complications such as heart disease and stroke, swallows up £1 in every £77 spent by the NHS in England.

Nearly half of this sum is spent on renal replacement therapy, yet many people are not receiving help to tackle the disease in its earlier stages when it could prevent the need for expensive dialysis or transplant.”

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