No Permanent Solution for Uninsured Dialysis Patients
Grady Memorial Hospital said this week it had negotiated a rough agreement with local dialysis clinics to provide care to 38 uninsured immigrants once served by Grady.
While the agreement eased concerns for those patients, most of them illegal immigrants, it does not address the dilemma of the future: What happens to the next wave of uninsured patients facing kidney failure?
Grady closed its outpatient dialysis unit in October to help it balance its books. The hospital said the unit was losing $4 million a year serving about 100 patients.
Most Americans with end-stage renal disease are covered by Medicare. Illegal immigrants, and some legal immigrants new to the country, are not eligible for the program.