Think About It: Kidney Kudos - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News Now, Local Programming

July 12, 2018

Think About It: Kidney Kudos

Two weeks ago, a Moiliili dialysis clinic finally opened, after waiting for about three years due to the snail-like inspection process of the state. When clinics sit dormant or uninspected, patients suffer. Wait times are longer at crowded clinics, locations forced upon needy patients are inconvenient for those needing these life-altering procedures three times a week, insurance issues crop up, the feds get involved… the list of bad things that happen grows and grows when people can't get treatment in a timely manner due to bureaucratic malfeasance and malaise.

 

But now more good things are starting to happen- more inspection positions, more funding, better communication with the federal government, hospitals and insurance companies, you know… the kind of things you might have expected and hoped would be occurring in the first place. But at least it's progress; Civil Beat says that 14% of Hawaii's population (over 165,000 people) suffers from some form of chronic kidney disease, so anything to carefully streamline the process for patients is valued and vital. Thankfully, we are now moving beyond dialysis analysis paralysis. Action is being taken; more people are getting cared for closer to home.

 

So kudos to those who have acted and those who will be acting carefully, but with expedience going forward. As more accreditations come through, more people are trained, and more facilities get checked well ahead of their impending deadlines, more people locally will reap the rewards and perhaps the system will save due to fewer hospital stays, patient setbacks, and family heartbreaks. Think about it…

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