Chronic Kidney Disease Rises to 30 million in US. Most people are unaware, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Prevention and Control). This fact sheet states that 30 million people constitutes about 15% of US population, with the vast majority (96%) of people having no idea they have chronic kidney disease (CKD) in its early to mid-stages. Such prevalence leads to more dialysis and kidney transplants. If sizable efficiency improvements don’t happen, and the incidence of kidney failure continues to rise, look for rising health insurance premiums. Published 2017.