For-Profit Dialysis Centers Have Higher Mortality Rates, Up To 24%

If you’re a patient at the largest for-profit dialysis chain in America, you’re 19% more likely to end up dying than if you went to a non-profit chain. If you’re at the second-largest for-profit chain, you’re 24% more likely to die. These disturbing results were released in a new study in the Health Services Research journal. Guess if you’re going in for dialsysis, you’ll want to think carefully about your choice of treatment options and don’t forget to include a non-profit center in your selection process.

The Effect of Dialysis Chains on Mortality among Patients Receiving Hemodialysis [Health Services Research]
New Study Shows Higher Mortality Risk at For-Profit Dialysis Chains [ProPublica]