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Dialysis patients to double in 9 years

first_img 106 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share HealthLifestyle Dialysis patients to double in 9 years by: – March 23, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share Tweet BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Given the current trend, the number of patients on dialysis in Barbados could double, reaching 400 by the year 2020, costing the government millions of dollars.This projection, based on statistics from a World Bank Study, was shared by Health Minister Donville Inniss at the annual Silma Reeves Lecture of the Barbados Kidney Association.“It is the intention of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) to restart and maintain the momentum with its transplantation programme. This is expected to save considerable sums of money in the medium to long-term, as we get such patients off dialysis and leading a more productive life,” he said, adding that when preparatory and surgical costs are added to anti-rejection drug costs, we realize that transplantation is the way to go.“It costs approximately BDS$54,000 (US$27,000) annually to provide dialysis for one person on haemodialysis in the QEH, and we are currently paying BDS$1.2 million (US$600,000) per year for those whose service is currently outsourced. It is costing the state approximately BDS$10 million (US$5 million) per year for dialysis services in Barbados. In other words, seven per cent of the QEH budget is being spent on less than 200 patients.”The Health Minister said he had requested that the QEH and the Ministry of Health work with a “sense of determination” to address the issue of organ donation, as it related to brain stem death and ‘do not resuscitate’ policies.“There are some major ethical, and perhaps religious issues, that will rage in this debate but I urge all not to be faint hearted, but to engage in a robust debate and let us come to reasonable decisions. We would not be the first or last country to pursue such a programme,” he said.The QEH is also in the process of replacing 18 dialysis machines in three tranches, at a cost of approximately BDS$1.9 million (US$950,000) per year over the next five years.The Minister disclosed that the QEH was currently managing 168 patients on dialysis, with half being treated three times per week and the other half, twice weekly. Thirteen patients are on peritoneal dialysis and 21 patients attended a private facility.Source: Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more