Chronic kidney disease could cost Australia $12bn

CHRONIC kidney disease could cost Australia $12 billion in five years, research claims.

Research published today in the Medical Journal of Australia found the focus must be placed on preventing kidney disease to stop a growing financial burden.

Researchers Dr Titi Chen and Professor David Harris found Australia's aging population; the growing prevalence of diabetes; hypertension and obesity had led to more than 20,000 people having end-stage kidney disease and 1.7 million adults having the disease's indicators.

Due to this, renal replacement therapy accounted for about 3% of the nation's total health expenditure.

"It is estimated that the cumulative cost of providing treatment to new and existing patients with ESKD in Australia from 2009 to 2020 will reach $12 billion," the researchers wrote.

"This places a great burden on society.

They found chronic kidney disease's close association with cardiovascular disease also had an impact on health spending.

"CKD is a silent disease that can remain asymptomatic until it reaches an advanced stage, therefore most people with CKD are unaware they have the condition."

- APN NEWDESK



Residents called on for holiday crime watch

Premium Content Residents called on for holiday crime watch

Rockhampton police warned today of an expected increase in vandalism as school...

Coast hairdressing salon offers something new

Premium Content Coast hairdressing salon offers something new

The Blo Hair Bar is a Yeppoon woman’s third business venture.

UPDATE: Teen suffers minor injuries in car vs. pedestrian

Premium Content UPDATE: Teen suffers minor injuries in car vs. pedestrian

A disturbance reportedly occurred between the parties only moments after the teen...