by Gary Peterson
It is time to break up Fresenius Medical Care. There are simply too many opportunities for corruption within a vertically-integrated, for-profit, multi-billion-dollar, healthcare corporation. With their domination and control of medical products, dialysis clinics, and medical information, this last week's articles are evidence that they are pursuing "Fresenius-centered care."
Ben Lipps and Fresenius Medical Care have shaped the dialysis industry for the last two decades. We have not seen the improvements in patient survival rates that are routine in other fields of medicine. There are virtually no employment or rehabilitation programs for dialysis patients. This system of care debilitates and disables hundreds of thousands patients unnecessarily. It is a dysfunctional system of care that is failing patients and taxpayers.
It is time for this entire field of medicine to finally return to providing truly patient-centered care.
Here is a copy of the 2-page (pdf) FMC external memo dated March 29, 2012. If you are a medical professional and can document that FMC has not responded to your request for the internal FMC Nov. 4, 2011 memo for over one business day, send an e-mail to obtain a copy.