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Kidney Patients From Across South Carolina Visit State Capitol to Encourage Policies that Improve Patient Access to Life-Saving Dialysis and Transplant Care
Date:3/3/2010

patient from Seneca and DPC Patient Ambassador who participated in Kidney Day at the State House.  "Having the opportunity to purchase Medigap would help me get the care I need, while avoiding having to seek support from the Medicaid program and making my family rely upon the state."

Approximately 546,000 South Carolinians – 1 in 8 residents – have chronic kidney disease, with about 7,500 suffering from ESRD and reliant upon dialysis to function for their failed kidneys.  South Carolina ranks, per capita, third in the nation with the number of patients on dialysis.   Nationally, approximately 527,000 people have kidney failure, which is on the rise as risk factors for CKD – including high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity – continue to increase.  Patients with kidney failure must rely on life-saving dialysis treatments, usually three times a week in sessions that last several hours, to remove toxins from the blood in place of their failed kidneys.  

In addition to meeting with their legislators at the State House, NKF and DPC hosted a morning briefing on the need for Medigap reform, where lawmakers voiced their support of this access to care and how it would positively impact hundreds of South Carolinians.

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