On Wednesday, the White House announced an aggressive goal to reduce the number of Americans with end-stage renal disease.  The goal is to decrease the number of Americans suffering with this disease by 25% by the year 2030.  End-stage kidney disease, also called renal disease, occurs when the kidneys are badly damaged.  When that occurs, patients cannot survive without dialysis or a kidney transplant.  Tackling the cost of medical care, the plan aims to upend the traditional way the country pays for kidney care.

According to an article in HealthCareDive.com written by Rebecca Pifer,  “President Donald Trump called fighting kidney disease a core national priority.”  In his Wednesday speech, the President said to patients suffering with this disease, “We are determined to get you the best treatment in the world.”

Statistics in the article revealed, “About 37 million Americans — 15% of U.S. adults — suffer from some form of kidney disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  It was the country’s ninth leading cause of death in 2017.  Yet, how the U.S. treats kidney disease has remained relatively unchanged since President Ronald Reagan signed the Medicare kidney disease entitlement into law in 1982.”

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