Dialysis cutback devastating to kidney patients

Oklahoman Published: January 28, 2011

The state is considering cuts to dialysis service for patients who've lost their kidney function. As a dialysis patient of 11 years, I would not be alive today if it weren't for dialysis and the state funding that paid for my treatments. It horrifies me to learn that because of the proposed cuts, dialysis may no longer be an option.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, 4,035 Oklahomans with kidney failure rely on dialysis treatment to clean their blood of toxins and do the job their own kidneys can no longer do. Hundreds of those patients have Medicaid as their only option for health insurance. We are productive citizens whose lives have been or are being saved by dialysis. Many low-income kidney patients would lose access to dialysis. Under the proposal, patients requiring dialysis would be screened to determine who's eligible to have their treatments funded.

Treatment decisions should be made by health practitioners, not government employees.

Kim Collins, Owasso


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