Technology: Tools or Toys, Is It Economically Feasible with Current Reimbursement? The Case in FavorTattersall J.
Sheffield Kidney Institute, Sheffield, UK
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For the majority of the world population, any kind of dialysis technology is economically unfeasible . Only in relatively few affluent countries is dialysis freely available to all ESRD patients. In the United Kingdom, for example, dialysis is seen as poor value for money  and has a low priority for healthcare spending. Most UK dialysis units are unable to obtain sufficient funding to provide adequate dialysis to all their ESRD patients . Even in the USA, reimbursement is provided at such a low rate that it is very difficult for units to provide adequate treatment without the bulk purchasing power and central management of a larger provider chain.
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James Tattersall, MD
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Blood Purification (Official Journal of the International Society of Blood Purification (ISBP))
Founded 1983; edited by K. Schaefer (1983–1988)
Official Journal of the International Society of Blood Purification
Vol. 19, No. 2, Year 2001 (Cover Date: 2001)
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ISSN: 0253–5068 (print), 1421–9735 (Online)
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