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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR  
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 948
Cost analysis for renal dialysis: Case study from Indochina


1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, China

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Cost analysis for renal dialysis: Case study from Indochina. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 2017;28:948

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Cost analysis for renal dialysis: Case study from Indochina. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Aug 7];28:948. Available from: http://www.sjkdt.org/text.asp?2017/28/4/948/211357


To the Editor,

Renal failure is a common medical problem that can be seen in any country. The management of the cases with renal failure usually requires dialysis. The renal dialysis is considered an important medical procedure that requires specific instrument and procedure. The two main means for renal dialysis are peritoneal dialysis (PD) and hemodialysis (HD). A big concern on patient’s management is the cost for dialysis.[1] This is usually a common problem in developing countries. Here, the authors briefly study the cost of renal dialysis in Thailand, a developing country in Indochina. The cost identification is performed. For HD two times/week, 42.85 USD/time, the cost is equal to 342.86 USD/month. For PD (120 dialysis reagent bag/month, 3.77 USD/ reagent bag), the cost is equal to 452.57 USD/ month. Based on the cost, the HD might seem more appropriate. Nevertheless, this simple cost identification does not cover the indirect cost for traveling of the patient and the cost for setting of the dialysis center in case of HD. In fact, a recent publication by Pavan et al also noted that the PD was more appropriate based on the situation of limitation of facilities in Southeast Asia at present.[2] Based on the present data on the cost, the use of HD might seem to be more appropriate option in long- term. The big concern is on the initial funding for setting up sufficient HD centers to support the need of the patients.[3]

Conflict of interest: None declared.



 
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Wearne N, Kilonzo K, Effa E, et al. Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis: Perspectives on patient selection in low- to middle-income countries. Int J Nephrol Renovasc Dis 2017; 10:1-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Pavan KR, Subhramanyam SV, Karopadi AN, Sinoj KA, Nayak KS. What is the best dialysis therapy for South Asia: HD or PD? Contrib Nephrol 2017;189:71-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
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Navva PK, Venkata Sreepada S, Shivanand Nayak K. Present status of renal replacement therapy in Asian countries. Blood Purif 2015; 40:280-7.  Back to cited text no. 3
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