Trump unveils sweeping goals on kidney disease

President Donald Trump outlined an agenda to improve preventive treatment of kidney disease Wednesday, zeroing in on a condition that afflicts more than 30 million Americans and costs more than $100 billion in annual Medicare spending.

The executive order Trump signed aims to improve quality and cut costs by refocusing care on prevention. The initiative’s overarching goals are to reduce the number of new patients with end-stage renal disease by 25 percent by 2030, and to have 80 percent of ESRD patients either receiving in-home dialysis or transplants by 2025.

“I am here to say we are fighting by your side and we are determined to get you the best treatment in the world,” Trump said.

The administration is also looking to double the number of kidneys available for transplant by 2030, in part through a public awareness campaign and by compensating donors for things like lost wages and child care.

“Those people, I have to say, have never gotten enough credit,” Trump said, referring to donors. “What they do is so incredible.”

 Read more at Roll Call

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