17 Mar '14, 5am

$avvy Blog Corner > Refused #kidney dialysis because got no money #NKF #health

I read from the newspaper in horror that Singapore has the fifth highest kidney failure rate in the world. What is even worse is that there are some kidney patients who refused treatment because they cannot afford to do so. The article published on 24 February 2014 by Straits Times entitled " No Support, so no Dialysis " stated that Khoo Teck Puat Hospital had 24 patients suitable for dialysis declined the procedure in 2011. Two of them wanted treatment but families refused (perhaps due to financial?); four turned down because they did not want to burden their family and six rejected dialysis because it was too expensive. In other words, 12 or 50% turned down kidney dialysis likely due to financial reason. The newspaper also stated that the kidney dialysis cost $2,500 to more than $4000 a month. Voluntary welfare organizations would charge at a subsidized rate depending on...

Full article: http://www.cpf.gov.sg/imsavvy/blog_post.asp?postid=815679...

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