Using Obamacare Authority, Trump Aims To Shift Dialysis Care To Patients’ Homes

(By Phil Galewitz for Kaiser Health News)

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a bold plan to improve care to patients with kidney disease, which he claimed would save thousands of lives each year and billions of dollars for taxpayers.

“It could be higher if it works the way we anticipate,” Trump boasted in a 25-minute speech to dozens of kidney patients, their families and kidney care providers in Washington.

The initiative aims to dramatically increase the number of patients getting dialysis at home, rather than in costly dialysis centers, and double the annual number of kidneys available for transplants. About 100,000 Americans are waiting for a kidney transplant. Ten Americans die each day because of the shortage of organs, Trump said. Continue reading article here…

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