Dialysis is the only program under Medicare to be covered regardless of the patient’s age. Because someone with kidney failure cannot survive without either a kidney transplant or dialysis (in-center hemodialysis or a home therapy), in 1972 Congress made sure that almost all Americans who require this therapy are able to receive it.
As a dialysis provider, we care for our patients like they are family. We are concerned for their well-being and they are concerned for ours. Already, we receive a remarkably small “bundled” payment for all of the care we provide. If Medicare cuts to dialysis happen, continuing our good work might be impossible.
Everyone will suffer if these cuts occur. Dialysis centers — which are important businesses in the local community — will close. Patients could be forced to travel long distances for care and will be forced to make difficult decisions about what to do.
I hope our elected officials take this issue seriously and safeguard dialysis care from cuts.