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New Survey Reveals Kidney Patients' Concern About Medicare Policies
Date:9/19/2007

stick a week is very much an affront to me."

Results of the survey also showed that 62% of patients are concerned about their ability to obtain the immunosuppressant medication to prevent organ rejection. Medicare currently pays for 36 months of treatment, and patients are then forced to find alternative methods of paying for these medications if they are unable to obtain health insurance.

"Since Medicare pays for kidney transplants for most patients, it doesn't make sense for the government to spend tens of thousands of dollars for a kidney transplant, and then not pay for the ongoing treatments that are necessary to ensure that the transplant continues to work," stated Lori Hartwell, Founder and President of Renal Support Network.

In summarizing the results of the survey, Hartwell observed that many patients with chronic kidney disease are very involved in their own care and work in partnership with their medical team. "We will continue to help patients raise their voices about government policies that affect our quality of life," stated Hartwell.

Renal Support Network is led by kidney patients to instill health, happiness, and hope through education, advocacy, and awareness... one person at a time. Full results from the survey are available at http://www.RSNhope.org.


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