Some Patients May Be Asked to Stop Dialysis

Friday, 01 Apr 2011 12:21 PM

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Kidney patients who are old and suffering from other end-stage diseases could be asked to consider foregoing dialysis under new guidelines put forward by renal care experts, The New York Times reports. Specialists want to be able to urge these older, sicker patients to instead enter a hospice and undergo what doctors call "medical management without dialysis."

patients, old, dialysisA federal law that Congress passed in 1972 provides nearly free care to almost all patients with kidney failure, including those already near death.

“Clearly, when the program was initiated in the 1970s, the hope and expectation was that this program would return otherwise healthy people back into society so they could work and be productive,” said Dr. Manjula Kurella Tamura, a kidney specialist at Stanford.

Dialysis is difficult procedure even for comparatively young patients. But people over 75 make up the fastest-growing group of dialysis patients in America. And most elderly dialysis patients have other serious diseases like diabetes and stroke. End-stage kidney disease will cost the nation an estimated $40 billion to $50 billion this year.

But the choice is still the patient's. One 78-year-old woman interviewed by the Times on condition of anonymity said she chose dialysis despite doctors telling her she was not a good candidate. She has diabetes, high blood pressure, a heart valve problem and severe coronary artery disease.

“Some life is better than no life," the woman said. “I go to dialysis because I want to live."



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Politico: Obama May Give Dems 80 Percent of 2016 Latino Vote

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 19:18 PM

President Barack Obama may be on track to helping deliver as much as 80 percent of Latino voters to the 2016 Democratic  . . .

Supreme Court Won't Stop Gay Marriages in Florida

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 19:05 PM

Same-sex weddings may soon begin in Florida after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block them.The court said Friday it  . . .

Bergdahl Investigation Wraps Up; Top Leaders Get Briefings

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:23 PM

The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanista . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved