Our caregiving team and patients at a West Bountiful dialysis center recently had the honor of hosting Congressman Chris Stewart, who visited our facility to learn more about quality kidney care in our community.
Kidney disease affects one in ten Americans, so chances are most readers know someone with kidney disease or kidney failure. My kidney failure patients--and hundreds of thousands across the country--receive four-hour dialysis sessions three times a week as well as other services including lab services, nursing care, medications and more. Dialysis is a lifeline for many of these patients, more than 80 percent of whom depend on Medicare for this life-sustaining treatment.
Medicare doesn't cover the full cost of these treatments and I'm concerned about recent cuts to Medicare by Congress and impending changes to the payment system that are expected to slash reimbursements for dialysis treatments and that could negatively impact my patients.
My healthcare team helps patients feel better and manage their conditions more effectively. Good care not only improves lives, it also decreases complications, hospitalizations and mortality translating to reduced health care costs overall. By seeking an alternative to these cuts, we can continue helping patients live healthier lives, and hopefully help other Americans avoid kidney disease altogether.
Our caregiving team, patients and family members appreciated the opportunity to share these concerns with Congressman Stewart and want to encourage readers to contact him to express support for adequate payments for dialysis so my patients can continue to receive the quality dialysis care they rely on to survive.