Medical Economics September 29, 2023
Our country must do better against a disease that has become a national silent killer. There is a way for primary care to join the fight.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD), the fastest growing non-contagious disease in the United States, is one of the 10 leading causes of death among Americans, yet, nine in 10 adults who have it are undiagnosed. It’s a silent killer, and in addition to the tremendous toll it takes on human lives, it costs our health care system at least $126 billion annually.
There is a critical and urgent need for earlier CKD diagnosis and treatment. This will not only save lives, it will also save taxpayers, health insurers and employers billions of dollars.