For years this site has been a tinderbox with all the various problems highlighted in kidney dialysis and I was content to keep the site up and go my way. Then along came the announcement of a book. It put a log on that tinderbox, but no flames yet. Then along came this article - ignition.
It brought me back to a day in 2012 when we were in the Colorado Senate Health and Human Services committee for the renewal of a Colorado state bill. I was answering questions after my testimony. At about 11:15 of this video, State Senator (R) Kevin Lundberg basically stated that it was ironic we didn't need tech certification when it was mostly nurses giving dialysis treatments back in the old days. I think I gave him a good answer, but I really wanted to tell him what I thought the root of problem was - a for-profit system that was putting their bottom line ahead of patient care! But I bit my lip since we had an uneasy alliance with the large for-profit dialysis companies DaVita and Fresenius, they were also backing the bill at that point (they were against it in 2007).
So for more than twenty years I've felt uneasy that only band-aids seem to be being put on this kidney dialysis field of medicine - not real fundamental change that I can see! What kind of fundamental change would I like to see? I mentioned it in these two blogs: Blog #5 and Blog #6. Bottom line, break them up - and care cooperatives are looking very, very promising!
I've spent years screaming about the problems in kidney dialysis (plenty of ammo). Maybe it is time to do some screaming about the way it could be!