Sunday, July 27, 2008

Cost of daily nocturnal almost the same as thrice a week in center in India

I completed 2 years of daily nocturnal home hemodialysis sometime in June this year. I have been maintaining all the bills of my medical expenses so that I could track how much I am spending on this.

I recently did an analysis of the costs and came up with some startling results.

The current cost of one 4 hour dialysis session at a hospital is about Rs. 1250. So, if I did 3 sessions a week, I would require about 13 sessions in a month which would cost me about Rs. 16,250 per month.

On the other hand, my current treatment modality gives me at least 7 hours of dialysis daily (except Sundays). I have the convenience of choosing my timings. I don't waste waking hours on dialysis. I feel much better. I have no diet and fluid restrictions. And my other side effects like Restless Leg Syndrome, Left Ventricular Hypertrophy etc. etc. etc. are a lot better.

And guess what this treatment cost me? Rs. 17,753 per month!!!

Isn't this great? I got much much better dialysis and I spent almost the same!

Not many people do nocturnal home hemo in India. This is a pity. People must realize the great benefits it offers and the cost is actually almost the same! Doctors must encourage this modality and recommend this to people.

I must really thank my doctor, Dr. Girish Narayen for suggesting this to me. It was really a godsend.

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