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.


Excerpt:

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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