Blog | Friday, February 11, 2011

QD: News Every Day--Statistics tally spending on kidney disease

Medical spending to treat kidney disease totaled on average $25.3 billion annually from 2003 to 2007 (in 2007 dollars). Almost half of the expenditures ($12.7 billion) were spent on ambulatory visits.

On average, 3.7 million adults (1.7% of the population) annually reported getting treatment for kidney disease, reports a statistical brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. During 2003-2007, for those ages 18-64, more than half of the total kidney disease expenditures were from ambulatory visits (53.1%) compared with about one third (30.3%) from inpatient visits. Among those age 65 and older, ambulatory visits accounted for 46% of the total kidney disease expenditures and hospital stays were 43%.

Similar amounts were spent on prescription medicines ($1.4 billion) and emergency room visits ($1.5 billion). Hospital stays amounted to $9.1 billion. Medicare paid 40% of the total expenditures to treat kidney disease.