man on a dialysis maching

Podcast: “Is Dialysis a Test Case of Medicare for All?”

From Freakonomics Radio, episode 457.

“Kidney failure is such a catastrophic (and expensive) disease that Medicare covers treatment for anyone, regardless of age. Since Medicare reimbursement rates are fairly low, the dialysis industry had to find a way to tweak the system if they wanted to make big profits. They succeeded.”