I have a CKD agenda. This agenda will grow and change over time; different items will gain and loose priority. Some agenda items will be for the short term, while others will be long term goals.
Somewhere near the top of the agenda, under long term goals is to improve dialyzor with Medicare primary access to international travel. Medicare is the primary insurer for about 75% of all people on dialysis in the United States (half of whom are under 62) because of a unique entitlement. This unique entitlement makes severe kidney disease a qualifying diagnosis for Medicare coverage. The impact on travel is because Medicare does not reimburse for treatments received through foreign providers. I was able to take the eight week 1996 European tour even though Medicare is my primary insurance because my secondary insurance through work reimbursed for dialysis costs not covered by Medicare. Without this secondary insurance I would have had to self pay for my treatments which at the time ranged form $250 to 500.
Can a way be found to allow international travel for those living on hemodialysis? I think the answer is yes. Ever since that 1996 trip I've been considering the options.