"Elizabeth Rodríguez Santana, 63, is one of them. She suffers from acute kidney failure and she's been on dialysis for nine years. Hurricane Maria shut down the clinic in Mayagüez where she received treatment three times a week, four hours a pop. There were no doctors at the clinic even when it reopened, says Rodríguez Santana. She says she went days without treatment and then she got an appointment two months out. While she's desperately trying to find treatment on the island, her daughter in Jacksonville, Fla. was desperately working the phones trying to get Rodríguez Santana evacuated to the mainland."
Editor's note: How does hoarding information help this situation?
Editor's note: I hope the chosen patient voices
will disclose all their financial conflicts of interest as well as the amount of money that their organizations receive from dialysis and pharmaceutical companies.
Free, Open Access, Issue-In-Progress Articles from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research:
"In its Sept. 15 application, DaVita said it will offer services regardless of ability to pay, emphasizing that it will make dialysis services available to low-income clients and racial and ethnic minorities. If a patient is unable to pay, the company promises, "the patient balance is forgiven or reduced."
"Payment will not be required upon admission," the company said. "Clayton Dialysis will work with patients who need transportation, when necessary.""
Due to Hurricanes, CMS Will Suppress Publicly Reported Data on Dialysis Facility Compare CMS intends to suppress quality data reporting through Dialysis Facility Compare related to dialysis providers located within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-designated “major disaster” counties of Texas, Georgia, and Florida, parishes of Louisiana, Municipios of Puerto Rico, and County-Equivalents of the U.S. Virgin Islands.