Proposed bipartisan kidney legislation takes on kidney disease epidemic in America
June 10, 2019
It wasn’t that long ago that kidney disease was considered a terminal illness. The first successful kidney transplant occurred just 69 years ago and the first dialysis clinic opened 12 years later. Our health care system took longer to respond – it was another decade before a Medicare program was established to help pay for dialysis treatments and a national registry for organ donation matching wasn’t created until the late 1980s.
Since I started caring for patients in 1976, I have been proud to watch – and participate – as the kidney care community works together to improve the quality of care individuals receive. Today, individuals with kidney disease are getting diagnosed sooner, have more choices in care than ever before, and are living longer, healthier lives, but we are acutely aware that there is more work to be done and we know that none of this could have been achieved without collaborations with Congress and the administration. Individuals with kidney disease deserve new forms of care that are even more effective, more convenient, more accessible, and more affordable than what we can provide today.
So, it’s incredibly important that after many years of progress in kidney care quality, lawmakers are responding with powerful legislation to help us take that next leap forward – tackling challenges our community faces from a multitude of angles, and raising the bar on how we, as a country, tackle this growing heath epidemic.