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Economic impact of end-stage kidney disease in Australia

28 Nov 2006
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Approximately one in seven (almost two million) Australian adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), where death is inevitable unless dialysis or a kidney transplant is performed. Sadly, people with CKD have a poor quality of life and an elevated risk of premature death due to cardiovascular disease. Commissioned by Kidney Health Australia, this study evaluated the impact of improved treatment of chronic kidney disease, the costs and benefits of screening for chronic kidney disease, renal replacement therapy and increasing rates of kidney transplants. Part II of the 'Study of the economic impact of the burden of kidney and urinary tract disease in Australia' shows that a reduction in the prevalence of CKD could be achieved by a control strategy, based on opportunistic screening of 50 to 69-year-olds in general practice, in addition to intensive management of diabetes, hypertension and proteinuria. The strategy was proven not only to be cost-effective, but preventative. Part II, titled The cost-effectiveness of early detection and intervention to prevent the progression of chronic kidney disease in Australia. Part II of the ‘Study of the economic impact of the burden of kidney and urinary tract disease in Australia’ shows that a reduction in the prevalence of CKD could be achieved by a control strategy, based on opportunistic screening of 50 to 69-year-olds in general practice, in addition to intensive management of diabetes, hypertension and proteinuria. The strategy was proven not only to be cost-effective, but preventative. Part I, The economic impact of end-stage kidney disease in Australia: Part I of the ‘Study of the economic impact of the burden of kidney and urinary tract disease in Australia’ was released in January 2006. In this first report, future kidney healthcare costs were estimated, revealing that the cumulative cost for kidney health care will sky rocket from $1.8 billion in 2006 to $4.7 billion in 2010.

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978-0-9803160-0-1
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2006
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