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released: 3 Sep 2009 author: AIHW media release

Chronic kidney disease is a common and serious problem in Australia. Those with the most severe form, end-stage kidney disease, usually require dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive. It is with these resource intensive and technologically advanced treatments that much of the health costs for chronic kidney disease are incurred, with regular dialysis the most common reason for hospitalisation in Australia.Chronic kidney disease contributes substantially to health care expenditure in Australia and is increasing much faster than expenditure on total health care. In 2004-05 it accounted for 1.7% of total expenditure ($898.7 million), an increase of 33% since 2000-01 ($573.6 million).

ISBN 978 1 74024 949 2; Cat. no. PHE 117; 32pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Summary
  • Body section
    1. Introduction
      • Purpose
      • Background
      • What is health expenditure?
    2. Methods and limitations
      • Data used to provide estimates
      • Changes in methods between 2000-01 and 2004-05
    3. How much is spent on chronic kidney disease?
    4. Treatment of end-stage kidney disease
    5. Changes in health care expenditure, 2000-01 to 2004-05
    6. Discussion and conclusion  
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix 1: Data and methods used to provide estimates
      • Appendix 2: Defining CKD
        • International Classification of Diseases (ICD)
        • International Classification of Primary Care, second edition (ICPC-2)
    • Glossary
    • References

Recommended citation

AIHW 2009. Health care expenditure on chronic kidney disease in Australia 2004-05. Cat. no. PHE 117. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 26 May 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468279>.

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