Health Officials Lobby For "Dialysis Bill Of Rights"

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Some dialysis patients in Pike County want to choose where they get treatment, but worry insurance companies are taking that choice away.

Now health officials are lobbying state legislators to pass the dialysis bill of rights to help.

Laura Damron takes dialysis treatment three hours per day, three days per week. She cannot drive during treatment, so her sister brings her.

“It would be real inconvenient for us to go somewhere else,” Magdalene Coleman said.

Dialysis Health Officials say private insurance companies are starting to limit dialysis patients' treatment choices and instead pick where they want the patient to go based on networks and cost, but patients say that choice could be several hours drive away.

“This is so stressful to begin with, that if you add that to it, I just don't think it would be good,” Coleman said.

“I think the patient ought to have a right to choose where they're going,” William Totten said.

Patient William Totten says driving farther would mean higher gas bills. He also worries it could hurt overall care for all patients.

“If we're mandated to go to a particular spot, I feel like there would not be a competitive edge that would cause all of the centers to stay up on current practices and cleanliness,” Totten said.

Patients and dialysis health officials are asking lawmakers to pass the Kentucky Dialysis Bill of Rights, which would mandate patients choose their treatment center.

“It could probably save hundreds and hundreds of patients later on. Maybe the few it's affecting now, if we change it now, it's going to save down the line in years to come,” Delfina Kilkenny, Eastern KY Dialysis Adminstrator said.

State Legislators are considering the bill.

Online legislative records show the bill is currently in the senate health and welfare committee.


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  • by Greg Coleman Location: Aberdeen, MD on Feb 14, 2010 at 03:59 PM
    I agree 150% with Jeff in Encino. And might I add, that the situation is getting worse by the minute as dialysis patients in this country are being forced to submit to regimens of toxic drugs, painful surgeries and excessive treatments that sometimes cause patients to cramp and pass out. And the majority of these actions are not taking place to benefit the patients, these violations of civil, human and patient's rights are being done to maximize the profits for the industry. And, it is all being done with the blessings of Local, State and Federal Government Agencies such as Medicare and Medicaid, and the powerful greedy entities that support and defend the dialysis industry's actions such as the End Stage Renal Disease Networks,the so called patient advocate groups, and every other industry and sub industry that benefits from our pain and suffering. These abuses of human beings under the cover of good health and life preservation, must stop now!
  • by Jeff Location: Encino on Jan 19, 2009 at 05:25 PM
    Dialysis has been a scam for years, herding patients in and out like cattle and racking in the money, they have no choice but sit back and take whatever..
  • by William Location: Pineville, KY on Jan 19, 2009 at 04:31 PM
    My doctor is just now getting me ready to start my dialysis. I still work a full-time job, but if I have to drive over an hour away from my home, then I will have to go on disablty. I don't what to do that; my doctor says that people that still work, does a whole lot better on dialysis. I would much more what to work and pay my way than have to quite work and have other tax payers pay my way.

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