Out of Whack: Kidney Research is Underfunded Compared to Cost of Care

Investing in kidney research is crucial to improving clinical outcomes of Americans with kidney disease and the cost-effectiveness of kidney care.

Please bolster kidney research funding by an additional $1.5 billion ($150 million over 10 years) for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  • In 1972, Congress made a commitment to treat all Americans with kidney failure through the Medicare End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Program—the only health entitlement program that provides coverage regardless of age or disability.
  • Today, the nearly 450,000 Americans with kidney failure constitute less than 1% of the Medicare population but nearly 7% of the Medicare budget.
  • Research is imperative to bring better value to Medicare and better quality of life for patients. 

$77 Billion

The cost to Medicare and taxpayers every year to care for Americans with kidney disease

$650 Million

The total annual federal investment in kidney research

Less Than 1%

The equivalent amount invested in research compared to annual cost of kidney disease care

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Investing in kidney research is crucial to improving clinical outcomes of Americans with kidney disease and the cost-effectiveness of kidney care.

Please bolster kidney research funding by an additional $1.5 billion ($150 million over 10 years) for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  • In 1972, Congress made a commitment to treat all Americans with kidney failure through the Medicare End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Program—the only health entitlement program that provides coverage regardless of age or disability.
  • Today, the nearly 450,000 Americans with kidney failure constitute less than 1% of the Medicare population but nearly 7% of the Medicare budget.
  • Research is imperative to bring better value to Medicare and better quality of life for patients. 

$77 Billion

The cost to Medicare and taxpayers every year to care for Americans with kidney disease

$650 Million

The total annual federal investment in kidney research

Less Than 1%

The equivalent amount invested in research compared to annual cost of kidney disease care