I worked in dialysis from 1980 - 1986 and 2004 - 2007. In both situations I took care of many patients, some whose kidneys failed in
Once here, they go to the ER and are put on dialysis. Sometimes they deny having any previous problems, for fear of deportation, so the physicians have to do more tests to determine the cause of the renal failure. It is a free ticket to all our services. The
Here are some fairly current numbers:
80% Of ESRD patients rely on Medicare for their primary health insurance
$20 Billion Total annual cost of the Medicare ESRD program
$67,000+ Medicare spending on dialysis per-patient per-year
$98,000 Cost of a kidney transplant per patient in the first year
These figures do not include hospitalizations, which this population requires frequently. Annual costs easily exceed $100,000 per year for one patient.
To highlight my friend’s comments, be sure to watch this video. It’s truly alarming, especially in light of the fact that neither one of our presidential candidates have plans to do anything about illegal immigration. And this affects our health care costs.