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Dialysis Patients That Can’t Afford Dental Care1
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Improve Access to Care

DPC’s mission is to improve dialysis patients’ quality of life. A critical element of quality of life for patients is access to dialysis care.

Quality of life is improved when we have:

  • Ability to choose the modality that is consistent with our individual needs;
  • Access to centers that are convenient to travel to;
  • Access to centers that provide the best quality care;
  • Access to centers that are open during hours that permit us to plan dialysis around our lives, rather than having to plan life around our dialysis schedules;
  • Ability to choose the frequency of our treatments in order to maximize the benefits;
  • Access to centers where we can get continuity of care, from our physicians and the rest of the dialysis care team.

Quality of life is impeded when restrictions limit the choices patients have to receive our treatment. To this end, DPC advocates for the broadest possible choice of dialysis care for all patients, and against limitations or restrictions (of financial, policy, or other nature) that effectively limit such a choice.

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Care Coordination

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Dental Coverage

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Transportation Services

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DPC submitted a comment letter applauding the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for its announcement that it will cover dental work for kidney transplant candidates when oral health issues are a barrier to [...]

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On Thursday, May 12th, DPC hosted its’ annual Advocacy Day when we connect patients, family members, and Partners in Care with their Members of Congress so they can tell their story with dialysis and advocate [...]

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