How Much Does Dialysis Cost In South Africa

In medicine, dialysis is the process of removing excess water, solutes, and toxins from the blood in people whose kidneys can no longer perform these functions naturally. This is referred to as renal replacement therapy.

How Much Does Dialysis Cost In South Africa

The cost of dialysis is estimated at R79 000 to 80 000 per annum excluding medication.

How much does dialysis cost per session in South Africa?

Dialysis machines can be purchased for about R200000, but the actual treatment is very costly. It costs the state about R120 000 per year for each patient receiving hemodialysis treatment.

Is dialysis free in South Africa?

Public sector medical care, including dialysis, is free for those who cannot afford it. However, due to the high expense of RRT, dialysis is rationed.

Is it painful to have dialysis in South Africa?

The dialysis treatment itself is painless. However, some patients may have a drop in their blood pressure that could lead to nausea, vomiting, headaches or cramps. However, if you take care to follow your kidney diet and fluid restrictions these types of side effects can be avoided.

How many dialysis units are there in South Africa?

There are now 278 centers offering KRT in South Africa, of which 248 (89%) are in the private sector. Dialysis units in the public sector are hospital based, whereas there is a mix of hospital-based and freestanding units in the private sector.

How long does a dialysis treatment take in South Africa?

Dialysis at a Treatment Center

Hemodialysis is most often done at a special dialysis center. You will have about 3 treatments a week. Treatment takes about 3 to 4 hours each time. You may feel tired for several hours after the dialysis.