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- by Jeanette73 Nov 24, '10Every year, more than 100,000 Americans start dialysis. One in four of them will die within 12 months—a fatality rate that is one of the worst in the industrialized world. Oh, and dialysis arguably costs more here than anywhere else. Although taxpayers cover most of the bill, the government has kept confidential clinic data that could help patients make better decisions. How did our first foray into near-universal coverage, begun four decades ago with such great hope, turn out this way? And what lessons does it hold for the future of health-care reform?
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- Nov 24, '10 by canoehead"The pace can be so intense, inspections show, that clinics have allowed patients to soil themselves rather than interrupt dialysis for a bathroom break."
We've had a few threads on this.
- Nov 24, '10 by leslie :-Dthat had to be one of the more depressing articles i've recently read.
shame on us...the treaters and our govt, who hasn't set up tighter regs.
i'm really disgusted.
- Nov 25, '10 by SaraO'HaraHad a dialysis pt. once with a high-stage decub to sacrum. The center wouldn't even reposition them or use the pressure-relief cushion we sent - "it might affect how the machine runs." "We have too many patients to do this." Pt. elected to go off dialysis, onto hospice.
- Nov 25, '10 by Kooky KorkyI really thought I had heard it all, but the greed portrayed in this article has me truly frightened.
We commoners truly are just not worth much, it seems - only as much as the insurers will pay to thieving business operators and their complicit doctors.
- Nov 25, '10 by rph3664Not to mention the for-profit aspects of it. McDialysis, anybody?
- Nov 28, '10 by linearthinkerId rather be dead than on dialysis.
- Nov 28, '10 by suniThis article is so disheartening to me, and I believe things will only get worse with health care reform. Not only is this showing incompetency but also just a lack of human caring. It also is a great example of how patients and families need a strong advocate every step of the way in the health care maze today
- Nov 28, '10 by tralalaRNI worked in dialysis for 14 months as an RN for Fresenius, one of the giants mentioned in the article. It is this bad. Our clinic was understaffed and we had high acuity patients from a local veterans home - amputees, big co-morbids. .I left this clinic, as I was terrified every day that something big was going to happen, and I would be the one thrown under the bus. Best nursing decision I've made.
- Nov 28, '10 by beewinkQuote from tralalaRNGood for you for leaving that environment. It is so sad to think that patients are treated like this.I worked in dialysis for 14 months as an RN for Fresenius, one of the giants mentioned in the article. It is this bad. Our clinic was understaffed and we had high acuity patients from a local veterans home - amputees, big co-morbids. .I left this clinic, as I was terrified every day that something big was going to happen, and I would be the one thrown under the bus. Best nursing decision I've made.