The Dialysis Centers That Are Offering Patients Much Better Care



KidneyBuzz received a call from a concerned loved one, "My husband is going to one of the largest dialysis centers in the world and they are not giving him high quality care. Every treatment he is coming home drained, bruised, and in severe pain. When I ask what can be done to correct the issue, I am ignored and chastised. I am so frustrated and so is he. What can we do?"

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Many Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients a growing increasingly discouraged with their care at major For-Profit Dialysis Centers. They feel like they are just a number or a resource for the company to make more money. Patients feel ignored, as though they get sub-par treatment, in pain, and worse. They do not know what they can do to correct the situation. Well, findings are now highlighting the fact that Dialysis Patients at Non-Profit Centers reported much better care and satisfaction. The following are some leading Non-Profit Dialysis Organizations and tips to help improve care.

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Chronic Kidney Disease patients conducting Dialysis reported "low quality of Dialysis Care in For-Profit, free-standing and largely owned facilities (Large Dialysis Organizations)," according to data published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients will likely ask, "What is the cause for such a large disparity in treatment at For-Profit and Non-Profit Dialysis Centers?" Well, the Nurses’ Union contends that "For-profit Dialysis results in documented patterns of reduced staffing, less patient education, lower quality needles and tubing, and a history of profitable anemia drugs used at levels that hurt patients — all factors linked to a shorter life expectancy for Dialysis patients in the United States."

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What's more, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine released findings suggesting, "Patients with kidney disease who are treated at For-Profit dialysis centers are 20% less likely to be informed about the transplantation option than are those at Non-Profit Centers." Patients have a right to choose whatever Dialysis Facility they desire. Hence, if you do not feel like you or your loved one is receiving quality treatment, then consider other centers like the following Non-Profits:

  • Dialysis Clinic Inc. (DCI): A goal to maintain the primary responsibility of providing comprehensive Dialysis patient care. "We are a non-profit service organization. The care of the patient is our reason for existence," noted the DCI website. They have the vision to be the quality leader in the kidney community, saving lives, reducing hospitalizations, and empowering each patient to live the best possible life.

  • Satellite Healthcare - one of the nation's leading not-for-profit providers of kidney dialysis and related services. They brag, "Satellite has helped each patient enjoy the best life possible through a complete range of dialysis therapy choices, personalized clinical services, and unparalleled early patient wellness education."

  • Northwest Kidney Centers - The world’s first dialysis organization. Northwest Kidney Centers suggests that each member of its organization contributes to patients’ health, quality of life and independence.

  • Centers for Dialysis Care (CDC) - The largest outpatient dialysis provider in Northeast Ohio. For 40 years, CDC has been a leading innovator and non-profit independent provider of outstanding patient-focused dialysis treatment, education, support, and training.

If you would like more information about Non-Profit Centers, then click here and send a message. Also, for the worlds' first Dialysis Patients' Rights Book click here and message us that you would like your copy once it is ready for delivery.

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