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A little piece of health care; a whopping price

There is an interesting article in the January 17 issue of the Spokesman-Review,, by John Stucke, “More kidney dialysis clinics coming to Eastern Washington.”

Ok, it’s personal.  Not sure anyone else is interested in this article, other than the 5,467 dialysis patients in Washington.  We are hopefully going to get an additional center, maybe more, in Spokane/Eastern Washington.  And more competition, which is a very good thing, I think.

Dialysis in Spokane costs $4,000 for a single treatment (three and a half hours or more of equipment, supplies, and dialysate).  That’s $12,000 a week, $48,000 a month, or $624,000 a year for life-saving treatment.

Personally, my experience with dialysis has been a very good one.  I love my center, love the people who care for me, and I feel healthier than I have in a year.  The cost is outrageous and beyond my brain to comprehend.  So I try not to think about it.

The reason I like to see another center come into the Spokane area is - - - - - competition!  I am hoping that Davita coming into Spokane will balance out the cost of dialysis.  In October, I vacationed in Orlando, Florida and Davita opened their doors to me.  Again – great service!  And the bill was just over $8,000 for three treatments.  When my insurance company decided that it was an “out of network” treatment, they also decided I needed to pay a second deductible (I do not understand this), and the insurance company marked the $8,000 down to $800.  A 90% discount!!!

My thought on this is – if they can write it down to $800, then shouldn’t the price of dialysis be $800 for three treatments?

Anyway, Davita will balance out the two other facilities in Spokane.


- Nationwide there are 27 million people with Chronic Kidney Disease.
- Over half a million have End Stage Renal Disease requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive.
- More than 354,000 people are receiving dialysis treatments at least three times per week.


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