EVERY year, some people choose death over dialysis when their kidneys fail.
Without dialysis to clear toxins in their body, they are unlikely to survive long.
But there are others who are forced to forgo dialysis because they cannot afford it, or because their families said no.
At the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH), 24 patients suitable for dialysis declined the procedure in 2011.
Instead, they were placed under palliative care to ease their suffering as they died.
Out of this group, 10 turned down dialysis because they did not have anyone to take them for the treatment or help them with home dialysis.
Two among them wanted the treatment, but their families refused.
Another four turned down the procedure because they did not want to be a burden to their families as they were “old already”.
Six rejected dialysis because it was too expensive.
The rest of the KTPH patients declined for various personal reasons, including fear of pain.
In Singapore, dialysis centres are run either by for-profit private companies, where it costs S$2,500 (RM6,494) to more than S$4,000 (RM10,391) a month, or by welfare organisations which charge highly subsidised rates. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network