Andhra Pradesh will become the first state to start the National Dialysis programme at a record-breaking low cost. The programme was announced in the budget this year and with 25 states having proposed support for the programme, AP is the first state that will now introduce it at a highly subsidised rate of Rs 960 for the above-poverty-line people and free for the below poverty line population soon.

The programme will start on August 15; with 10 dialysis machines having already been allotted to all the district hospitals.

At least 250 district hospitals are expected to start dialysis services in hospitals by the end of this year. Considering the fact that dialysis is a continuous and an expensive process, the government is partnering with private healthcare firms to provide medical human resource, dialysis machine along with RO water plant infrastructure, dialyzer and consumables, while the space, power and water supply within district hospitals will be provided by the state government.

The usual cost of getting haemodialysis (12 dialysis/month) is around Rs 12,000-15,000 per month whereas for peritoneal dialysis it is around Rs. 18,000-20,000 per month.

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