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The Impact of Medication Cost on Dialysis Patients

A new article by HDU Executive Director Nieltje Gedney published in Kidney360 and picked up on Renalweb.


People with CKD and ESKD are even more profoundly affected by medication costs. Among patients enrolled on Medicare, per person per year out-of-pocket costs for Medicare Part D covered drugs in 2018 were $440 for all patients with ESKD, $381 for those on hemodialysis, and $569 for those on peritoneal dialysis.

Between 2009 and 2018, total Medicare Part D spending, in inflation-adjusted dollars, rose by approximately 80% in those with ESKD (from US$1.9 billion to US$3.4 billion) and by approximately 50% in those without ESKD (from US$44.0 billion to US$67.3 billion).

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