LETTER: Kidney dialysis patients need a facility in the valley | PostIndependent.com

LETTER: Kidney dialysis patients need a facility in the valley

This past week two valley papers ran stories about two locals, one in Aspen and one in Rifle, who need kidney transplants. I know exactly how they feel.

My kidneys took an early retirement almost four years ago. But I’m lucky. I qualified and was trained to do dialysis at home. So three times a week I stick those 15 gauge needles in my arm and have my blood cleaned in the comfort of home.

Other people aren’t so lucky. They have a choice of going to Denver or Grand Junction three or four times a week to stay alive. There are no other dialysis locations available.

My question is with two state of the art hospitals, in Aspen and Glenwood Springs, why is there no room for kidney patients in this valley? Obamacare seems to deliver only higher insurance premiums, not more health care.

Bruno Kirchenwitz


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