Increased electricity costs have an impact on people with end stage kidney disease who choose to begin, or continue with, home dialysis, as it creates a significant financial burden.
We have undertaken extensive analysis of the out-of-pocket costs of electricity in most states and territories in Australia.
The research shows that current subsidies for power usage for people on home dialysis are inadequate. This is leading to a significant financial burden for those on home dialysis, which is particularly inequitable as those who undertake dialysis in-centre are not subject to these costs.
To alleviate this burden, and encourage an increased uptake of home dialysis for those who it is appropriate, Kidney Health Australia is strongly advocating for increased electricity rebates.
The analysis reports can be viewed here.