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Georgia Kidney Community Recognizes World Kidney Day; Echoes Need for Legislation to Improve Access to Dialysis and Transplant Care
Date:3/11/2010

, more than 14,700 Georgians suffer from ESRD and thousands more have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).  Nationally, approximately 527,000 patients in the United States are living with kidney failure.  Chronic kidney disease and kidney failure rates are on the rise across the country and particularly among minority communities such as African Americans, Hispanic and Asian patients who make up more than half the ESRD patient population. Patients experiencing kidney failure rely on lifesaving dialysis treatments to remove toxins from the blood in place of their failed kidneys.  

"In celebrating World Kidney Day, the patient community is calling much needed attention to the importance of proper kidney health, disease prevention and access to quality dialysis care," added Chad Lennox, Executive Director of Dialysis Patient Citizens, a national, non-profit organization representing approximately 1,300 members in Georgia.  "As part of this special day, we are also urging lawmakers to supporting policies such as Medigap reform, which is a critical step to ensuring patient access to dialysis and transplant care."

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