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Nephrol Dial Transplant. 1997;12 Suppl 1:22-4.

The costs of dialysis in Canada.

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  • 1McGill University, Royal Victoria Hospital, Nephrology Division, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


In summary, Canada enjoys a publicly funded healthcare system which is the second most costly in the world. The treatment rate for renal replacement therapy is comparable with countries in Europe but falls short of that in the United States and Japan. With respect to costs, peritoneal dialysis is a cheaper option than haemodialysis. The major costs in peritoneal dialysis are supply related and the major costs in haemodialysis are labour and supplies. A treatment modality change includes a set of costs which makes the most cost-effective therapy in almost cases a therapy that can be successfully maintained.

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