HCF pay $57 million in kidney health treatment in 2017

Posted: 6 March 2018 7:49 am

Dialysis is the most common reason for kidney-related hospital care.

As part of Kidney Health Week, leading not-for-profit health fund HCF has highlighted that last year it spent $57 million on health treatments for kidney related issues.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a huge problem in Australia, with 53 Aussies dying every day from kidney related diseases and one in three Aussies at risk of CKD and yet, less than 10% are aware they have symptoms.

“Kidney disease is a growing health concern in Australia and is costly to treat if it isn’t detected early. Our data tells us that dialysis is the most common reason for kidney-related hospital care. If we can increase awareness and early detection of kidney health issues among Australians, we can spare many people from preventable hospital care, meaning better health outcomes for Australians,” HCF medical director Dr Andrew Cottrill said in a statement.

Currently, in Australia, there are 12,461 dialysis patients needing constant medical care, in addition to 1,121 patients waiting for a kidney transplant. Two of the most common causes of CKD are high blood pressure and diabetes.

HCF councillor and senior staff specialist in nephrology at Westmead Hospital, Dr Richard Phoon, provided some tips for minimising your risk of developing kidney disease:

  1. Keep your weight under control
  2. Quit/don't smoke.
  3. Eat well.
  4. Keep fit.
  5. Make sure you're drinking enough water.
  6. Cut down on the booze.
  7. Keep your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose at healthy levels.

Kidney Health Week runs from 5 March 2018 to 11 March 2018.

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