A new study finds that more than 2 million kidney failure patients worldwide
die prematurely every year because they can't get treatment.
Scientists examined data from 123 countries with 93 percent of the world's
population. They found that there were
between 5 million to almost 10 million kidney failure patients who required
either dialysis or a kidney transplant in 2010.
Of the 2.6 million patients who were treated, 78 percent received dialysis.
The study findings showed, of those who received treatment, nearly 93 percent
lived in high- to high-middle-income nations.
According to researchers, between 2 million and 7 million kidney failure
patients who could have been kept alive if they received either dialysis or a
kidney transplant died prematurely because they could not get treatment.
"Most of the premature deaths occurred in China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan
and Nigeria. Less than one-fourth of
eligible kidney failure patients receive treatment in these countries,"
The study was published in The Lancet