"He was very close to patients, always looking to relieve them from the ESKD burden. He pushed them to go for home dialysis; he pushed them to go back to work. In the sixties many companies refused to readmit or employ dialysis patients. Dr Laurent founded the Société Materiels Annexes de Dialyse (SMAD) where dialysis patients were employed to produce shunts and tubings for their own therapy. This company has thrived and has now more than 600 employees."
Editor's note: Contrast his work with U.S. for-profit dialysis corporations that have turned a blind eye to renal rehabilitation. These corporations and their nephrologists continue to steer more than 85% of their patients into debilitating short-time treatment regimens... largely for profit.
When also considering its treatment of undocumented immigrants, the dearth of wisdom, imagination, and basic patient advocacy in U.S. nephrology care is truly remarkable.
"Using fMRI scans of a brain region called the anterior insula, University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University researchers discovered that people who donated a kidney to an anonymous recipient were more sensitive to a stranger's fear and pain."
"This study suggests that for-profit operation, free-standing status, and large dialysis organization designation were associated with less favorable patient-reported experiences of care."
Editor's note: After 17 consecutive years of reporting that the largest non-profit dialysis provider has had better mortality and hospitalization outcomes than the largest for-profit providers, the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) decided last year to stop comparing non-profit and for-profit dialysis providers. How can patients expect progress when most nephrologists refuse to acknowledge the harmful effects of their profit incentives?
"The odds of SB 1156 becoming law are around 45%, according to Height Capital Markets analyst Andrea Harris, who estimated that it could lead to operating-income losses of up to $95.5 million a year for DaVita."