Some of us associated with DialysisEthics were interviewed by author Tom Mueller. There was hope the author would find we were a bunch of misled people. We could just slink off to the shadows with egg on our faces and never be heard from again! Some of us have spent over twenty years staring at some God-Awful stories. Not to mention articles and media we've had to endure and the horrifying numbers we have dug up. Surely someone would come along and convince us kidney dialysis is a land of great medical care - freeing us from a twenty-some year prison we have been in! We were hoping to hear "you people are full of it and currently things are great, and here is why!"
But no! Tom Mueller came out with this book due in August: "How to make a Killing: Blood, Death, and Dollars in American Medicine". That's not what we were hoping for! And it gets worse! The author goes on to say:
"How did a lifesaving medical breakthrough become a for-profit enterprise that threatens the people it’s meant to save?
Six decades ago, researchers achieved the impossible: a treatment that made kidney failure a manageable condition instead of a death sentence. And yet, in the hands of a predatory medical industry, this triumph led to skyrocketing costs and worsening care.
A gripping microcosm of American health care gone wrong, How to Make a Killing recounts how the optimism of the 1950s and 1960s—when transplants and early dialysis machines offered hope—gave way to anguished debates about the ethics of rationing (and profiting from) life-saving care. After Congress made renal disease the only “Medicare for All” condition, Big Dialysis proliferated, and the Hippocratic oath gave way to the profit motive.
A triumph of investigative research, Tom Mueller’s book features an unforgettable cast of characters: CEOs who dress as Musketeers to exhort more aggressive profit-seeking, nephrologist insiders who reveal the substandard care this causes, and heroic patients who risk their lives to reveal the truth."
So I guess it is back to putting the shackles back on and being glad we have three hots and a cot. Maybe the duopoly dialysis companies will convince Mr. Mueller they are made of sunshine and lollipops (like Warren Buffett's castle) - they sure haven't been able to convince us! We were hoping for a savior, but all we got was another instigator and troublemaker! (like we have been labeled) But seriously, welcome to the club Tom! We are glad to have you!