30 million Americans have kidney disease and most of them don't know that they have it. Kidney disease is one of the top 10 causes of death.
In 2015, there were nearly 500,000 patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on dialysis and over 200,000 people living with kidney transplants.
One out of every five Medicare dollars are spent on kidney disease. In 2015, total Medicare spending for ESRD and chronic kidney disease (CKD) was $98 billion.
The United States has the third highest rate of new cases of kidney failure in the world. We are third behind Taiwan and Mexico.
Nearly half of the new cases of kidney failure are caused by diabetes, and about a quarter of the new cases are caused by hypertension.
Congress should do more to address kidney disease in the United States.
We need more research so we can find a cure. We need to protect living donors from discrimination. We need to ensure that kidney patients have access to healthcare options.
Please email your members of Congress today, and urge them to do more about kidney disease.