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June 23/30, 1999

Cost of Transplant vs Dialysis

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JAMA. 1999;281(24):2277. doi:10.1001/jama.281.24.2277-JQU90004-2-1

The break-even point where it becomes cheaper for patients to undergo kidney transplantation rather than remain on dialysis is growing ever shorter.

In a study presented last month at the American Society of Transplant Surgeons meeting in Chicago, researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine reported that it took just 2.7 years for patients to recoup the cost of a transplant compared with dialysis costs. For patients who did not require readmission to the hospital during the first year after surgery, the break-even point was 1.7 years. A decade ago, studies elsewhere showed the break-even point was 3.6 years.