Obummer cuts $150 million from the Great Lakes. Congress won’t cut $50 billion from a useless ‘end-stage” dialyis program. We have to hit the big ones if we’re going to get ahead of this problem.Me? I think we’ll fail.
One patient, a 78-year-old woman whose name is being withheld, was not a good candidate for dialysis, her doctors said. She has complications from diabetes, high blood pressure, a heart valve problem and severe coronary artery disease. Her medical problems were so grave that dialysis was likely to lead to a series of medical interventions — hospital stays, drugs and doctor visits — but would not necessarily prolong her life. And her doctors told her that.
But she insisted on dialysis, saying, “Some life is better than no life.” In the seven months she has been on dialysis, she has been hospitalized four times, including twice for heart surgery.
“I go to dialysis because I want to live,” she said in a telephone interview. “I want dialysis.”
I’m sorry that the reporter didn’t ask this woman why, exactly, she thinks she is entitled to bankrupt my children to pay for her hospitalizations.