Survey of hidden costs of dialysis in Italian for-profit and not-for-profit centers

Vincenzo Bellizzi, Francesco Perrone, Vincenzo Terracciano, Emanuele Cucciniello, Giovanna Stanzione, Pierluigi D'Angio, Luca De Nicola, Biagio Di Iorio

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Background: Chronic dialysis exposes patients to several procedures that may influence lifestyle and quality of life. These hidden costs, however, have never been evaluated. Aim and methods: To compare the costs related to diagnostic and therapeutic procedures between not-for-profit (nFP) and for-profit (FP) dialysis care systems, we mailed to Italian nephrology units a questionnaire on modalities of medical prescriptions and reservations, waiting time for tests and modalities of drugs distribution. Results: 247 centers (42%) replied to the questionnaire: 177 nFP (72%) and 70 FP (28%). The response rate was 54% of nFP and 26% of FP centers. All centers provided hemodialysis (in satellite units, 42% nFP and 14% FP, p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)894-899
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nephrology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Cost
  • Diagnostic procedures
  • Dialysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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