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Government funding cuts may threaten essential dialysis treatments
Imagine being hooked up to a dialysis machine three times a week, for several hours at a time. This type of treatment could mean life or death for dialysis patients. Now imagine if that treatment was cut. Demetra Bradley suffers from chronic kidney disease, which means her kidneys don't process toxins correctly. As a result, she's been on dialysis treatment for the last 15-years, and she's concerned what funding cuts will do to her treatment.
"If they diminish our treatment or take away time from our treatment, you're going to have more emergency room visits, more hospital visits because what your kidneys do on a daily basis, we have to get done with this machine," said Ms. Bradley.
The Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services proposed 12-percent funding cuts for dialysis centers next year. That means on average, pay for treatments could drop from 240-dollars, to 216-dollars per service. Reduced funding, could also mean more out of pocket cost for patients. Many dialysis patients are trying to rally as much support as they can with petitions and letters to congress.
Many dialysis patients are also reaching out to lawmakers urging them not to cut funding.