HDU Responds to NY Times Article

In a recent article in , NY Times , HDU responded to a comment made by dialysis nurse Pamela Dougherty:

Dialysis nurse Pamela Dougherty’s complaint in Who Turned my Blue State Red?that too many of her patients have a “sense of entitlement” and do not want to work, hit a very raw nerve in the dialysis patient community.  Home Dialyzors United believes that far more patients would choose to work if they had access to better treatments, work friendly scheduling, and comprehensive rehabilitation.  Ideal treatments include home peritoneal dialysis, home hemodialysis, and nocturnal dialysis.  Studies show outcomes on these modalities are equal to and even better than that of a transplant.

However, Medicare payment policy and federal regulations favor in-center treatment. As a result, 90 percent of the nearly half million people in the United States who need dialysis are treated incenter, which benefits their clinic, not the dialyzor. Until barriers to home dialysis are removed the great majority of dialysis patients will NEED to be “entitled” to be disabled, not by choice, but by being limited in their treatment options.

Denise Eilers, BSN, RN, President
Home Dialyzors United
& former home dialysis care partner

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