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Preventing 90% of ESRD: Why Is It Still A Secret?

Posted by plosmedicine on 31 Mar 2009 at 00:34 GMT

Author: David Moskowitz MD FACP
Position: CEO, Chief Medical Officer
Institution: GenoMed, Inc.
Submitted Date: January 21, 2009
Published Date: January 26, 2009
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Dialysis and transplantation are a $35 billion a year industry in the US alone. End-stage renal disease (ESRD) funds all nephrologists and transplant surgeons, whether in academia or private practice, as well as tens of thousands of dialysis nurses and Medicare/National Health Service bureaucrats throughout the developed world.

The payment scheme for ESRD is already Single Payer in every country where it's funded.

ESRD evidently supports too many salaries to acknowledge a cure (1) even after one has been found (2).

In light of this glaring example, taxpayers--and Baby Boomers in particular--need to rethink whose side healthcare is really on. I'm sorry to say, it's not the patient's.

1. Moskowitz, DW. Promoting dialysis alternative. Letter. ACP Observer, Dec. 2006 (

2. Moskowitz DW. From pharmacogenomics to improved patient outcomes: angiotensin I-converting enzyme as an example. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2002;4(4):519-32. PMID: 12396747.

Competing interests declared: CEO of GenoMed, a Next Generation Disease Management company.