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With more than 28,000 members, Dialysis Patient Citizens is a nationwide, non-profit, patient-led organization with membership for dialysis and pre-dialysis patients and their families. While our policies and our mission are guided solely by our membership, our resources are also beneficial to caregivers, healthcare professionals and advocates.

Policy Issues

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Improve Access to Care

DPC advocates for improving the quality of life for dialysis patients. We want our patients to have access to the best healthcare options available, including improving access to additional services such as care coordination, transportation and dental care.

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Promote Financial Security

With many dialysis patients unable to continue working, financial hardships are common. DPC advocates improved access to Medigap and protection of charitable premium assistance from assaults by insurers.

Increase Quality of Care

DPC supports an adequately funded dialysis infrastructure that offers stable and convenient sources of care that rewards performance and incentivizes quality outcomes. We favor policies that encourage research and innovations to provide patients with hope and new treatment options.

Advance Patient Choice

DPC promotes preserving and expanding patients’ autonomy where alternative options are or should be available, including choice of treatment modalities, choice of providers, choice of health plans, and access to transplantation; as well as protections for donor and recipient patients.

What is Kidney Disease?

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Chronic kidney disease (CKD) occurs when kidneys are damaged and are less efficient at doing their job. CKD is called a “silent killer” because there are few symptoms, and by the time people realize they have a problem, much damage has already been done. High blood pressure and diabetes are the two leading causes of CKD. Heart disease, family history of CKD and obesity are other risk factors.

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