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I have been hearing alot of changes coming in the future for dialysis, none sound very good. What have you all heard & how do you think it will affect our careers as dialysis professionals in the future?
"A kidney transplant is often the treatment option associated with the best outcomes for patients. Patients who receive a kidney transplant must take anti-rejection or immunosuppressive drugs for the life of their kidney transplant. However, Medicare will only pay for these drugs—which average $17,000 per year—for the first 36 months after a patient receives their transplant. Patients who are unable to pay for the medications are often forced to discontinue their use, resulting in kidney rejection and a return to Medicare-covered dialysis treatments at an annual cost of nearly $71,000 per patient.
POSITION: The American Kidney Fund urges Congress to fund the vital coverage for immunosuppressive drugs."
THIS MAKES NO SENSE. So they're going to stop paying for transplant meds after 3 years at a cost of $17K, and then the kidneys will fail and it will in turn cost them $71K. This infuriates me!! What can we do as nephrology nurses to help advocate this issue?
Des the government not realize that the more transplanted patients they have, the cheaper the bill? Not to mention quality of life for patients and families. This is a no brainier! What can we do?!?