26 million  American adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease (CKD), although most don’t know it because early signs are often missed *

2,941,360  Medicare patients are diagnosed with CKD, but not kidney failure

527,283  Americans have irreversible kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and require dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive

368,544   ESRD patients receive dialysis at least 3 times per week to replace kidney function

158,739  Americans live with a functioning kidney transplant

87,812    People die annually due to ESRD, the ninth leading cause of death  

17,685   Americans received a kidney transplant or a kidney/pancreas transplant in 2009

85,471   Americans were on the kidney transplant waiting list in August 2010

37.1%   Percentage of the U.S. population 18 and over who are actionable designated organ donors, reflecting an individual’s commitment to donate as recorded in a searchable donor registry (Donate Life America, National Donor Designation Report Card, 2010)

72%  Of new dialysis patients have diabetes and/or hypertension as cause of ESRD

76.3% Of new ESRD patients apply for Medicare for their primary health insurance


$20.8 billion   Annual cost of the Medicare ESRD program

$57.5 billion   Annual Medicare costs to treat people with Chronic Kidney Disease – 28% of Medicare spending

$106,373        Medicare spending for kidney transplant per patient in the first year

Medicare spending on a dialysis patient, per-year

$16,844             Medicare spending for a functioning transplant patient, per-year

Sources:  U.S. Renal Data System 2009 Annual Data Report www.usrds.org ; http://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov ; Journal of the American Medical Association, November 7, 2007