Kidney patients ignore doctor’s advice to run up RM1.6 billion medical bill

Nabihah Hamid

Sungai Buloh Hospital internal medicine specialist Dr Jeevita Supayah says kidney patients at the onset of the disease faced drastic lifestyle changes which the hospital helps them to make via counselling and other support. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Nazir Sufari, January 1, 2018.

KIDNEY disease, an illness that can be brought under control by lifestyle changes at the onset, costs Putrajaya a RM1.6 billion annually.

Treatment for a patient with kidney failure costs RM40,000 a year, and with some 40,000 patients seeking treatment for kidney failure last year, the government is feeling the weight of the burden to treat a disease that doctors say can be managed with early treatment and care.

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