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Medicare's CMO speaks about dialysis

NPR, November 10, 2010

A new yearlong joint investigation between The Atlantic and ProPublica has found many problems with dialysis in the U.S. The cost of treatment is among the world's highest, while the U.S. mortality rate for dialysis patients is one of the world's worst: One in four patients will die within 12 months of starting treatment. And striking problems were found in some dialysis facilities: unsanitary conditions, high rates of patient infections and few official inspections from Medicare, which offers comprehensive coverage to kidney failure patients in the U.S. and is supposed to inspect dialysis facilities once every three years.

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