How does the morbidity and mortality of dialysis patients in the US compare to that in other countries?

Updated: Oct 26, 2020
  • Author: Pradeep Arora, MD; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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The morbidity and mortality of dialysis patients is much higher in the United States than in most other countries, which is probably a consequence of selection bias. Because of liberal criteria for receiving government-funded dialysis in the United States and the use of rationing (medical and economic) in most other countries, US patients receiving dialysis are on the average older and sicker than those in other countries.


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