Underreported: The Hidden Dangers and High Costs of Dialysis

Thursday, December 30, 2010

In 1972, Congress launched the nation’s most ambitious experiment in universal health care: virtually anyone diagnosed with kidney failure, regardless of age or income, was granted comprehensive coverage under Medicare for dialysis. Almost 40 years later, the costs of dialysis are the highest in the Western world--$77,000 per patient--as is the mortality rate. ProPublica's Robin Fields joins us to discuss her two-year investigation into the treatment options that dialysis patients face.


Robin Fields

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Jeff from Wayne, nj

The horrendous conditions at so many dialysis clinics should be addressed. What should also be addressed is the causes that have made kidney disease and kidney failures reach epidemic levels during the past few decades. A lot of it can be linked to the excessive use of statin drugs. Use of Crestor, as an example, is a causative tokidney failure – it’s clearly listed on its adverse risks warning label. The efficiency of cholesterol reduction and heart disease is dubious at best. But that these drugs cause muscle cell death and breakdown thus clogging and injuring the Kidneys is factually recognized. Shouldn’t responsible use of statins be of concern too? Why can't safer means be utilized like fish oils, flaxseed oil and a variety of natural compounds and diet changes? Kidney diseases could be reduced significantly that way thus reducing the dialysis demands.

Dec. 30 2010 02:07 PM

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