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Dialysis Patients Abandoned by Grady Hospital Told One Year to Live

 

(APN) ATLANTA -- Twenty-three Atlanta dialysis patients' lives hang in the balance, 
one year after the privatized Grady Memorial Hospital orporation decided to close 
its dialysis clinic and abandon its patients, now that a one-year contract that GMHC
and a private clinic Fresenius had negotiated has expired.
The contract expired August 31, 2011.  They were told that they could receive dialysis
only in the emergency room, but only after becoming critically ill enough for it to
qualify as an emergency, Dorothy Leone-Glasser told Atlanta Progressive News.
Five of the patients have been hospitalized, four at Grady, as a direct result of
Grady cutting off their dialysis care, she said.
"It ended on Wednesday.  Thursday morning at 6am, we had all the patients meet in the
parking lot of Fresenius on Executive Park Drive.  Fresenius turned them away, we can't 
take care of you, we've discharged you, you have to go to Grady," she recalled.
"The regional director came out, and said, you're not our patients.  They tried to tell her, 
Grady won't give us scheduled dialysis, we could die.  she listened to them, and said, 
and now you have to leave or I'm gonna have to call the police," Leone-Glasser said.
"Saturday morning we met at 7am in front of Grady.  They all marched in the emergency room.
Four or five that afternoon, they released and told to go home, we're not going to give you 
dialysis, you're not critical enough," Leone-Glasser said.
"Sunday night one of the same patients, who was not critical enoguh, became unconscious, 
and her sister had to find her to take her immediately to Gwinnett Medical, who did her 
counts and gave her dialysis, and now she's conscious again," she said.
"She was released, now what happens?  She's in the same situation, it's gonna be how 
many days until she gets critically ill?"
"They can't keep going through this, this is torture, this is a new form of torture,"
Leone-Glasser said.
"There doctor at Gwinnett medical told the same patient, that if she continued to have 
only emergency dialysis like that, her life expectancy would be at the most one year."
"This does take a physical toll on them, you're pushing your body to the limit, you're 
gonna push it too far one of these times," she said.
Grady and Fresenius were in negotiations to extend the contract, with Grady willing to pay for only part of the
treatment or the patients, but were unable to come to an agreement.
"There isn't any negotiation with Grady, Grady doesn't want them anymore as patients,
Grady's been very very clear about that.  We don't want you either, but they're stuck 
because they're a hospital and they have to give emergency treatment.  So they know they're
going to give them treatment, they're just gonna make them suffer a little first,"
Leone-Glasser said.
Through an apparent administrative fluke, three of the patients are still getting treatment
at Fresenius through September 31.
Each of the patients are immigrants with differing levels of legality status.  Most are
illegal immigrants, while others have a work permit or temporary visa.
Grady originally told them to go back to their country of origin, to another state, or
to use the emergency room; some did go back to Mexico and died shortly
thereafter, as APN previously reported.  Others went to other states,
to find they could get help there.
When Grady privatized a few years ago, the proponents of privatization made verbal assurances
that Grady would remain a safety net hospital, but opponents warned that without any mechanism
in the contract to ensure that, the safety net was at risk.
"I think it would be obvious that with privatization, I think Grady very much in the past two years has been
showing the citizens of Atlanta, Fulton, and DeKalb County, they don't want to be a safety net hospital, they're
tried of being poor, and want to be more for-profit.  We have to have a saffety net hospital," she said.
(END / 2011)

(APN) ATLANTA -- Twenty-three Atlanta dialysis patients' lives hang in the balance, one year after the privatized Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation decided to close its dialysis clinic and abandon its patients, now that a one-year contract that GMHC and a private clinic Fresenius had negotiated has expired.

The contract expired August 31, 2011.  The patients were told that they could receive dialysis only in the emergency room, but only after becoming critically ill enough for it to qualify as an emergency, Dorothy Leone-Glasser of Advocates for Responsible Care, which is working with the patients, told Atlanta Progressive News.

Five of the patients have been hospitalized, four at Grady, as a direct result of Grady cutting off their dialysis care, she said.

"It ended on Wednesday.  Thursday morning at 6am, we had all the patients meet in the parking lot of Fresenius on Executive Park Drive.  Fresenius turned them away, we can't take care of you, we've discharged you, you have to go to Grady," she recalled.

"The regional director came out, and said, you're not our patients.  They tried to tell her, Grady won't give us scheduled dialysis, we could die.  She listened to them, and said, and now you have to leave or I'm gonna have to call the police," Leone-Glasser said.

"Saturday morning we met at 7am in front of Grady.  They all marched in the emergency room.  Four or five that afternoon, they were released and told to go home, we're not going to give you dialysis, you're not critical enough," Leone-Glasser said.

"Sunday night one of the same patients, who was not critical enough, became unconscious, and her sister had to find her to take her immediately to Gwinnett Medical, who did her counts and gave her dialysis, and now she's conscious again," she said.

"She was released, now what happens?  She's in the same situation, it's gonna be how many days until she gets critically ill?"

"They can't keep going through this, this is torture, this is a new form of torture," Leone-Glasser said.

"The doctor at Gwinnett Medical told the same patient, that if she continued to have only emergency dialysis like that, her life expectancy would be at the most one year."

"This does take a physical toll on them, you're pushing your body to the limit, you're gonna push it too far one of these times," she said.

Grady and Fresenius were in negotiations to extend the contract, with Grady willing to pay for only part of the treatment for the patients, but were unable to come to an agreement.

"There isn't any negotiation with Grady, Grady doesn't want them anymore as patients, Grady's been very, very clear about that.  We don't want you either, but they're stuck because they're a hospital and they have to give emergency treatment.  So they know they're going to give them treatment, they're just gonna make them suffer a little first," Leone-Glasser said.

Twelve of the patients went to the Grady emergency room today and were deemed critically ill enough to receive care, but only for today.

Through an apparent administrative fluke, three of the patients are still getting treatment at Fresenius through September 31.

Each of the patients are immigrants with differing levels of legality status.  Most are illegal immigrants, while others have a work permit or temporary visa.  However, regardless of their legality status, Leone-Glasser argues that Grady has a responsibility to continue to provide medical treatment for patients who were already under their care before the clinic closed.

Grady originally told them to go back to their country of origin, to another state, or to use the emergency room; some did go back to Mexico and died shortly thereafter, as APN previously reported.  Others went to other states, to find they could not get help there.

When Grady privatized a few years ago, the proponents of privatization made verbal assurances that Grady would remain a safety net hospital, but opponents warned that without any mechanism in the contract to ensure that, the safety net was at risk.

"I think it would be obvious that with privatization, I think Grady very much in the past two years has been showing the citizens of Atlanta, Fulton, and DeKalb County, they don't want to be a safety net hospital, they're tired of being poor, and want to be more for-profit.  We have to have a safety net hospital," she said.

(END / 2011)


Comments (17)

Julia Ewen
Said this on 9-6-2011 At 11:37 pm

What hardness of heart! Profit isn't immoral, but this way of making money--by neglecting or abusing the poor--is immoral. Haven't they read their Bibles lately? "Truly I say to you, they HAVE their reward already." What goes around comes around. It will be interesting to see in what form this karma returns to "privatised" Grady.

Joe Atkins
Said this on 9-7-2011 At 08:01 am

Julia,

Here's a great idea.  Just give up all of your money to support these people and provide dialysis for them.  I'm all for that.  After all, you are a "good Christian", right?

rita valenti
Said this on 9-7-2011 At 02:45 pm

To those who would deny access to health care to the undocumented - aside from your completely amoral attitude, you might want to consider who is next to be denied health care.  It may well be you!  Our health care system is totally fractured and unless we have a system where all have access to the care that is needed - the rest are at risk.  As an RN of 30 years, I can tell you that very few are adequately covered.  Currently 20% of Georgia's population lacks health insurance (that does not include the undocumented) and literally millions more are underinsured.  Think twice before you seek to exclude the undocumented - you may well be next!   EVERYONE IN / NO ONE OUT!  Rita Valenti

Joe Atkins
Said this on 9-7-2011 At 04:40 pm

Brother, I hate to break it to you, but the average American is already on the crappy end of the stick when it comes to healthcare.  As for me, I'm for a Canadian type healthcare system that provides the basics for everyone.  I know, it sounds socialistic, but it's not as long as everyone is being taxed for it, anyway (we are right now with Medicare).  It would be Medicare for everyone, instead of just the elderly.  Then, if you wanted to step up your beneifts, you'd buy private insurance.  However, even under that system, I wouldn't want illegals killing the golden goose of our healthcare sytem.

This idea of an open border with Mexico, allowing illegal Mexicans to come this way, with impunity, while anyone traveling from the US, their way, illegally, gets ten years in prison, is absurd.

Doesn't the Mexican government have any obligation to its own people?  Stupidly, socialist/liberals believe that the USA is a bottomless pit of charity that owes the world everything, even if it bankrupts our nation.  Again, charity starts at home.  If we can't take care of our own, how can be justify taking care of those from the outside, who chose to come here in violation of our immigration laws?

The absolute injustice of forcing American taxpayers to carry Mexico's indigent population really ticks me off.  Not one of you liberals crying for illegals gives a crap about the poor American citizen, whose paid taxes all their lives, unable to acquire healthcare.  They can't get healthcare because they're working two part-time jobs without benefits, which may disqualify them for Medicaid.  Maybe they've become the long term unemployed who can't find word, and have become so depressed, they've given up.

You see, American liberals and LaRaza only want to help those that eat and crap and do little else.   If you poured as much energy on the plight of American workers, as you do for illegals, maybe we'd have somekind of affordable healthcare system in this nation.  The fact is that you have an agenda, which is to destroy our nation's ability to control its immigration laws and it's border.  Your goal is to displace American citizens, of all colors, with LaRaza approved Latinos.

This brings me to another point, which is the plight of Afro-Americans and Native Americans, both of whom, are being pushed out of the job market by illegal aliens.  Afro-Americans have earned their citizenship status, by the fact that their ancestors built a great deal of it on their backs.  Native Americans, on the other hand, damn near faced total genacide.  I've personally seen the conditions Native Americans are living in on reservations and it's not pretty.  The casinos aren't helping the majority of them achieve the American dream.  Then, there is poor white Apallachians living in shanties and cracker boxes, living on beans, with no healthcare.

We have plenty of our own poor that need our help and the numbers will grow as our economy worsens over the next five years.  It's going to be depressionville.  There is no magic money tree.  If you have any compassion for your fellow Americans, better start thinking about how we're all going to survive the coming depression.  Let Mexico take care of Mexicans.  Enough said.

Someone
Said this on 9-6-2011 At 11:53 pm

There was ample warning over a YEAR ago that services were going to be terminated.  Grady arranged for continuity of careas they are legally and morally obligated to do.  The users of the system opted to not take advantage of what avenues were offered to them.  An entire YEAR was given to the recipients to find alternative sources of funding despite the fact that that they are illegally here.  Tell me, if you were ILLEGALLY in their unspecified coun try, would you be granted this option?  I think not.  Bottom line is that there are limits to funding opportunities.  It would be a different story if no warning had been given.

 

rita valenti
Said this on 9-7-2011 At 03:05 pm

Dear Friends -  There was a comment about "limited funding".  Fresenius, a private for profit company (who gets most of its revenue from public insurances); had an income of over $12 billion in 2010 with a net profit of $979 million!  The so-called limits are only for the people who need the services - there is NO limit to the profits that are being sucked out of our health care system.   Access to health care for all should be publically funded and administered without the extraction of private profits that only benefit a small hand full of wealthy corporate owners.   Rita

Joe Atkins
Said this on 9-7-2011 At 07:58 am

I think it's time for the "great nation of Mexico" to step up and take care of their own.  Illegals have leached off the American taxpayers long enough.

Here's a fact, which is that Mexico has the distinction of having the richest man in the world as it's citizen.  The top 5% of that nation hold 99.99% of it's wealth.  Oil is abundant.  In light of this, Mexico could easily afford to provide dialysis services to its citizens.  However, the fact is that it's easier for them to dump their problems on the USA.

These folks are citizens of Mexico, not the USA.  In light of that, it's Mexico's problem to solve.

American taxpayers have had enough.

pat
Said this on 9-7-2011 At 10:28 am

I agree that all the illegals need to go back to their home countries because America has plenty of sick people to care for. These americans can't get the help that other people do because we are the wrong color.

Julia Ewen
Said this on 9-7-2011 At 09:49 am

Joe Atkins,

I'll be happy to do what you suggest and encourage you to do likewise yourself. However, my doing that is rather like either one of us taking insulin so that somebody else won't go into diabetic shock. I'm not opposed to Grady , et al, making any amount of profit they want to. What I think is hard hearted is to say, "wait until you are in danger of dying and then we'll help you."  The point of dialisys is to clean up the blood before it can do further damage to an already sick body. If you wait until the body is toxic enough to be "critical" there's little point in doing the treatment. Talk about a waste of tax dollars or pointless expenditure of "private revenues"--to pay for a treatment at the point that it can't be of much help rather than to put the same dollars to use when it can help, well that is just downright sadistic.

By the way, I have owned my own business since 1991, and I have dealt with cost v revenue, taxes, customer-care, and yes, making enough money to maintain my own needs, while paying both the employer's and employee's portion of the FICA. My daughter was for 10 years the executive director of a nonprofit having to fundraise constantly with a sharp eye on both fundraising and program expenses. It's not easy being either a for profit or not for profit operation.

But I say again, Joe, there are ways of making money/profits that are moral--that produce a benefit for both the service provider and service receiver--and people make a nice living, even multimillion dollar fortunes doing it ethically and with compassion, not to say mercy toward people in distress. It is not the case that hard heartedness is a necessary component in a privatized operation.

What Grady did was pass the buck to nonexistent "other sources" and then deny any responsibility to actually ascertain that the former patients had received the needed treatments. When it became apparent that there were a substantial number of patients who were still unable to find treatment after a year, they did not say, " we will help you find someone--here is a hospital in XYZ location who can and will give you treatment for what you can afford". They said, "too bad, come see us if you're dying".

Americans don't think it is acceptable to have people die because they are poor. This is not what our country has been about. We have been a nation of neighbors who pitched in to help one another when we were in trouble. If you want to see a place where it's okay to do what Grady is doing, go to India. Sick people die in the streets all the time and the rich people literally step over them, and that is okay with most people.

And by the way, I have been hospitalized here and in Mexico for emergencies, and the care level I got there was as good and the compassion I received there far better than the standard here in Atlanta. People who fall between the chairs here also fall between the chairs in Mexico. It has nothing to do with where you are, but apparently it has to do with who you are, no matter where you are.  Grady is not unique in its attitude problem toward the poor, but it is the case that is right under our own noses and thus it is the case to which we need to speak.

 

Joe Atkins
Said this on 9-7-2011 At 10:45 am

All your bloviating aside, I'll cut to the chase.  If Mexico's care was so wonderful, why are their citizens running across the border to steal from our healthcare system.  The fact is Mexico doesn't want to care for these people.  There are two levels of exisitence in Mexico, which is the ultra-rich top 5% and then the ultra-poor 95%.  Mexico doesn't give a crap about their citizens and, especially, could care less about their poor (the grand majority).

This is not the fault of US citizens and it's not our problem to solve.  Weak minded liberals have allowed themselves to be guilted into accepting responsibility for a problem that they did  not cause and have no responsibility for.  We can't even provide healthcare for our own citizens, much less illegals.  You need to realize that charity begins at home, for those who have been paying taxes and support this government for many generations.

By the way, lest you forget, we're all paying for the care of illegal aliens, right now, and have been for decades.

As for your trip to Mexico, I want to you go there the next time, as an illegal.  You'll find yourself in prison for ten years.  You won't be getting free healthcare, as they'll be happy to watch you rot.

So, come to America illegally and you get a free bus ticket home.  Stay here illegally and you get free healthcare, welfare and your butt kissed.  An American goes to Mexico illegally and they get 10 years in prison, no healthcare and probably gang raped by their fellow inmates.

For God sakes, grow the hell up!

Julia Ewen
Said this on 9-7-2011 At 12:04 pm

Hmm. Mexico treats their poor people like crap, so that makes it okay for us to treat their poor people like crap, as well as treating our own poor people like crap. What a grown up attitude on your part, eh?

By the way, most of the illegal immigrants who come here are ablebodied and are here looking for work so that they can send money home to the not-able-bodied relatives so that they can keep body and soul together and possibly get into Mexico City or some other urban center where they might be able to access health care. Yes, Mexico's nonurban health care is practically nonexistent. But most of the immigrants come here hoping to work. Why do they keep coming? Because profit-driven businesses keep on hiring them at wages that are less than a living wage here. Again, there's rank and greedy exploitation of  people's need.

Once here even illegal immigrants do pay taxes: they pay rent into which landlords calculate property tax, the mainstay of most state and local governments' revenue streams, and they pay sales taxes on everything they buy, and again this is a major source of state and local revenue streams. Many of them take personal service jobs, like nanny jobs, making it possible for the comfortable employed Americans to hold down two good paying jobs per family and thus increase the income taxes available to state and federal governments. Then there are all those construction jobs which require suppliers of machinery and materials, generating more and more taxable sales along the way and employment for many other people.

Having squeezed the blood out of the turnip then we want to toss the turnip not only out of the hospital, but out of our community and back to Mexico where there's no work for them, and the sick and elderly relatives are still sick and elderly.

It is not as if our businesses couldn't make any money by paying living wages to Americans. It is that they make more money by not paying living wages to Americans. What happens to the workers, whether native born Americans or immigranst seems to be of no concern. It was not always that way here. There needs to be an attitude adjustment not only at Grady but among business people in general.

I know by personal experience that it is possible to be in business and not do it a recklessly exploitative manner and still be able to maintain what I needed for myself and my children. Could I have pulled out all the stops and made a lot more money? Probably yes. Would it have been a good idea? No, I don't think so. Moderation in all things generally produces good health indivudally, and moderation in all things IMHO tends to produce good health on a sociey-wide level as well--including moderation in persuit of profit.

 

Joe Atkins
Said this on 9-7-2011 At 01:33 pm

Once again, more useless bloviating.  I don't want to treat anyone like crap, but it really isn't fair to tax paying Americans to be forced to pay for healthcare that they can't receive, themselves.

As far as you are concerned, you're more than happy to take money from other people to pay for the healthcare of illegals.  You have no problem picking the pockets of average working Americans in order to make yourself look hollier than thou.

What about the super rich 5% of Mexicans?  What about the richest man in the world, who lives in Mexico?  Don't they have an obligation to take care of their own?

It's clear that you're a liberal-socialist, who has no problem taking from working people and giving it to illegal aliens.  That's your bottom line.  The truth is, socialist and liberals are like the Lillies of the fields, who work not, and toil not.  You don't care where the money is coming from, or who get's hurt, as long as your socialist agenda is met.

Here's a fact; every dollar spent to care for an illegal alien is a dollar that cannot be spent on a taxpaying American.  What you are supporting isn't compassion, it's not generosity, but is simply a form of treason against the American people.  It's a form of stealing, which would not be tollerated by any other nation on Earth.

I don't expect that you would every change your mind, because you have become so brainwashed by the liberal socialist agenda, you'll never see the truth.  The truth is that Americans have given more free money to the world than any other nation in history, and the world hates us for it.  We are not loved.  Foreigners come to this nation from other nations where they couldn't make it.  They come here to be successful and they still want to wipe their butts on our Constitution and the American flag.  During 9/11, when the Twin Towers were falling, foreign doctors clapped their hands and cheered while and after the towers fell.  They didn't give a crap that 3,000+ people were dying at that very moment.

Do I hate Mexicans or any foreigner?  No, because we are all immigrants, or children of immigrants.  However, past immigrants, legal, or otherwise, wanted to blend in, they wanted to be "Americans."  Now, these folks don't want to speak English, or adopt American culture.  They want to usurp our culture and our language.  The very people standing up for illegals "rights" is LaRaza (The Race), which desires to remove all whites from North, Central and South America.  They're racist scum.  Your on the wrong side, period. 

Jessie Patton-Levine
Said this on 9-7-2011 At 02:13 pm

It's understandable the reaction to the fact that many of these patients are undocumented, however things are not so black and white.   As a friend of one of the people advocating for these patients (www.advocatesforresponsiblecare.org), I happen to know that some were children when they came to this country and have lived here, worked here and paid into the system for decades.  The immigration issue is a distraction from the fact that our health care system is broken and as a previous commentor pointed out these people are being put through intense pain and to the brink of death before anything is done.  When they receive their treatment, they are able to work, able to take care of their families.  

Julia Ewen
Said this on 9-7-2011 At 03:31 pm

Did you just not read anything I've posted? I told you that I am a business OWNER! I pay BOTH halves of the FICA, plus my income taxes. So I am not somebody sitting on my a--taking handouts myself and picking other people's pockets to support deadbeats--which seems to be your definition of a socialist. I come from a long line of bankers, factory owners, small business owners.

That said, I understand that you resent paying other people's medical bills. You yourself of course have never used any public goods or services that you yourself did not pay for. You have never, e. g., driven your car or ridden a bus over a roadway that was not constructed by your own money alone. You never went to or sent your children to a school that you yourself did not build. You also paid the full cost of running a water main and individual property access line out to your house, and nobody else pays a dime of the cost to treat and send that water through the pipes to your house. Shall we go on? I thought not. We all "reap where we did not sow". And we all pay some costs from which we do not directly benefit from every dollar spent. I eg don't begrudge you the fire department to put out your fire without requiring you to prove that you paid your property tax this year, while I have paid my property tax this year.

I think that would be churlish on my part. Hospitals services are one of those public goods/services that were paid for by many other taxpayers long before I moved here and began paying taxes. I did not have to fund the ER all by myself. But I still can use 100 percent of its services nevertheless. So can you. And I don't begrudge it to you.

The upper 5 percent in this country don't own 90 percent of our wealth--YET--but they have made a darn good start and are closing rapidly on Mexico's "title". Don't "they" (OUR super rich )have an obligation to "care for their own" also? Recently one famous multibillionaire castigated his fellows for paying a smaller percentage of their money in taxes than their employees. He offered to pay MORE income taxes to even up the playing field. Now there is a public spirited man. Wealth is not necessarily synonymous with hardheartedness or self centeredness.

You are right that Americans have given more money to more countries and more individuals outside our country than any other people in the world. We do that because we are at heart a generous people and grateful for our blessings, which are many. However, giving with the expectation of gratitute, much less being loved, is not real giving. It is an even swap, in which we "get value for our money". And when we do give that way--and get gratitude--we "have our reward already". If we have given the money as a way to get people to do what we want--to serve our interests, then it isn't a gift. It 's business deal or maybe a bribe. And that seems to be the way the world works a lot of the time. But let's not dignify it by calling it "giving". And someone who gives a gift and then accuses you of stealing when they don't feel thanked, well, that's a real expensive "friend" to have. No wonder people resent rather than love us if that is the way we give.

It seems to me you have awfully broad definition of "treason" which apparently boils down to any action that does not serve what you perceive to be the national interest, which you identify with your own personal interest.  I'm quite sure that wasn't the definition that George Washington used --especially during that tought winter at Valley Forge.

You say "foreigners have come here because they couldn't make it" back home, as if only deadbeats and defectives and idiots come here. I wonder how many immigrants, legal or illegal, you have actually gotten to know.  I have done ESL teaching (without pay by the way) and gotten to know immigrants, most legal, but some I suspected did not have papers. What they went through to get here is hardly consistent with laziness, ineptitude, lack of working will or intelligence. They have come here to escape genocide, famine, and unemployment rates in the 80 percent and 90 percent range. They come here because we do have peace and even though we have unemployment in the low double digits, we still have a lot more jobs here for people who want work than existed where they came from.  But don't take my word for it. Get out and volunteer your time among the"foreigners" and LISTEN. 

As for your assertion that they refuse to assimilate--where do you think the famous China Town and Italian and Irish neighborhoods in our urban northern cities originated. From immigrants who settled near one another and continued to speak their mother tongues and honor their family's traditions. They are a heritage that now people look back on proudly--"Great grandpa came in through Ellis Island"--but he didn't arrive speaking English and wanting to be just like the English religious refugees of a century or two before. There used to be signs in Boston's shop windows--"no dogs or Irishmen ".

What's hard is that was then and this is now and the people arriving now are different from us, and we don't like dealing with the strange and new any more than our forebears did. And yet as you point out, we are a nation of immigrants, and our strengths and weaknesses all arrived in the luggage of people who came here from somewhere else. Perhaps a little patience is called for from us and from the new arrivals in our own time as we work things out over the next generations.

I'm not surprised that there are South American anti-white racists. Racism is everywhere all over the globe. And in many quarters you don't even have to have skin of a different color to be considered of a different race and be the target of "cleansing". There's more than enough hatred to go around.

But as my mom used to say, "if everybody else decided to take a running leap off a cliff, would you do that too?" Before you go over the cliff with all the other oh-so-wise-and-grown-up-cynical-politically savvy people, you might consider the grizzled editor's advice to the rookie reporter " if your grandma says she loves you, check it out".

Said this on 9-7-2011 At 04:36 pm

No discussion of dialysis is complete without mentioning that it's mostly obsolete. It has been since 2002, when I published how to prevent 90% of it--that caused by high blood pressure and diabetes.

News of my paper, unfortunately, has been suppressed--please see http://www.genomed.com/images/guyot_dec09nl.pdf for details.

This doesn't change the situation for the poor dialysis patients whom Grady has chosen to abandon. Normally, dialysis patients bring in $100,000 a year for the hospital. The only reason Grady doesn't want these patients is because they're illegal immigrants whom Medicare won't pay for. Twenty illegals are costing Grady $2 million a year.

Now ask yourself, if dialysis is too expensive for Grady why won't Medicare save American taxpayers $50 billion a year by preventing 90% of dialysis? Why are they spending our money so freely just to keep their thousands of jobs, when it would be better for everybody--except the healthcare system--to eliminate dialysis in the first place?

Joe Atkins
Said this on 9-7-2011 At 04:53 pm

At the risk of being bluggened by the entire ESRD provider community, Dr. Moskowitz's research is being largely ingored, because it's a threat to the ESRD industry.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, however, the medical community isn't too fond of prevention, as it doesn't make any money.  Our present Medical paradigm is being led by treatment of illness, not prevention.  Dr. Moskowitz is the profit crying in the wilderness of ESRD, sadly, being ignored.

 

Concerned citizen
Said this on 9-7-2011 At 11:47 pm

I thought this was a case about human beings being denied life saving medical procedures. Did we forget we are all human? You should be ashamed of yourselves for making this about the status of the people being denied. I don't care where they are from, I don't care where they are going. I care that they are treated as humanly as possible while on this Earth.  We are not Mexico, we are not Canada, we have never claimed to be or wanted to act like either. Let us set the standards high so that other countries will follow.

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