Health & Wellness

Executive Order Could be Game-Changer for Kidney Disease Patients

The Trump administration hopes to reduce dialysis treatment, promote organ donations and transplants.


President Trump has signed a set of proposals to aid the more than 37 million Americans with kidney disease.

According to the New York Times, kidney disease affects 1 in 15 American adults and kills more people each year than breast cancer

.

The executive order signed by President Trump directs the federal government to:

  • Educate patients and treat people with early forms of kidney disease.
  • Make kidney transplants easier to obtain.
  • Shift financial incentives for doctors and clinics away from dialysis.

The administration's goal is to reduce costs for kidney disease treatments, in part by promoting in-home dialysis and organ donation, as well as aggressively pursuing research into the use of artificial kidneys. The total cost to Medicare for kidney care each year currently exceeds $100 billion.

The executive order also includes reimbursements for lost wages and childcare for living kidney donors, which are considered the best option for people in need of kidney transplants. The goal is to double the number of kidney donors by 2030.

"This is a first, second and third step. It's more than just a first step," President Trump said. "The result will be more and faster transplants for those in need."

"We are very optimistic and excited that there is great attention at the presidential level," Tonya Saffer, the vice president for health policy at the National Kidney Foundation, told the New York Times. "It's really been four decades since anybody has paid attention to this space in a very meaningful way."

This week, Stevie Wonder announced to fans at a concert in London that he would be receiving a kidney transplant and will take some time off from performing .

For more information on kidney disease from the National Kidney Foundation, you can click here. You can also learn more about dialysis versus transplants, and find information on becoming a kidney donor today .

Images courtesy National Kidney Foundation.

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