James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
And you should be happy if your kidneys are functioning well. You can’t live without at least one, you know. Well, you can with treatment, but it’s such a pain.
Ask the approximately 150,000 Americans who have had to have a transplant, or the roughly 350,000 on dialysis.
And then there are the costs in dollars for treatment of end-stage renal disease (renal failure), over $32 billion per year, with Medicare fronting about $20 billion of that (6.7 percent of its overall expenditures). The latest estimates are for a 60-percent increase by 2020. Some of that is those with the disease will be living longer, but here is the take home message: