On this episode of Healthcare Americana, host Christopher Habig and guest David Krissman, creator of “The Great Social Experiment” podcast documentary series, explore the history and intricacies of kidney care in America. They discuss the significance of the “God Committee,” responsible for determining which medically eligible patients would receive the life-extending treatments. Uncovering insights into the Nixon-era Medicare ESRD Program, they question why kidney care received preferential treatment over other medical conditions. The conversation highlights the need for more focus on kidney transplantation rather than dialysis. They also touch upon why not all dialysis patients join the transplant list. David and Christopher engage in a debate about the role of government and insurance in healthcare, advocating for incentivizing better patient outcomes. The episode concludes with a powerful call to action, urging listeners to consider living donation to support individuals on the transplant list.
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