NHS Kidney Care has published a report 'Chronic Kidney Disease in England: the Human and Financial Cost'. The report found that kidney disease costs the NHS more than breast, lung, colon and skin cancer combined, yet too many cases remain undiagnosed and untreated. Treating kidney disease, including complications such as heart disease and stroke, uses £1 in every £77 spent by the NHS in England. Nearly half of this sum is spent on renal replacement therapy, yet many people are not receiving help to tackle the disease in its earlier stages when it could prevent the need for expensive dialysis or transplant. This report shows that with the cost of caring for people with kidney disease exceeding some of the most common cancers combined, the NHS has to help clinicians find ways to identify and treat chronic kidney disease at an earlier stage.
Press release: http://www.kidneycare.nhs.uk/news_events/news/englands_pound14_billion_price_tag_for_kidney_disease/
BBC News report; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19111701