President Donald Trump is hoping that his latest executive order will make the lives of Americans suffering from kidney disease a little bit easier.
According to the Kidney Fund, one in 10 Americans suffers from some form of kidney disease and it is the ninth leading cause of death for Americans. The current system of organ donations — which are necessary for some suffering with kidney disease — leaves many Americans dependent on dialysis treatments while waiting on a transplant.
Trump, along with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, announced their executive efforts to increase the availability of organ transplants. Additionally, the executive order urges dialysis centers to provide in-home care, to ease the burden on those waiting for their own transplant.
The president noted that he understands that dialysis is a “full-time job.” He hopes new process for organ donations and at-home treatments will simplify the lives of Americans suffering from kidney disease.
Watch Trump’s comments:
Across America, 37 million patients suffer from chronic kidney disease and over 726,000 have end-stage renal disease.
"We are fighting by your side and we are determined to get you the best treatment anywhere in the world . . . we are with you every step of the way." pic.twitter.com/3dBZLeo8aO
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 10, 2019
“For these patients, their loved ones, and for the impacted — all those impacted by kidney disease — I’m here to say: We are fighting by your side, and we’re determined to get you the best treatment anywhere in the world. And we’ve made a lot of progress.”
In order to increase the supply of organ donations, President Trump’s executive order also provided incentives to those who chose to donate, including “reimbursement for extra expenses associated with organ donation, such as lost wages and childcare.”
Additionally, Trump’s order streamlines the process of getting the organ to the patient as soon as it is available so that precious time is not wasted. The president estimated that, between kidney and heart transplants, as many as 28,000 lives.
Watch Trump’s full speech:
My Administration is taking groundbreaking action to bring new hope to millions of Americans suffering from kidney disease. Today I signed an Executive Order, Advancing American Kidney Health…https://t.co/tAlFdDSTUU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2019
Beyond the other components of the executive order, Trump vowed that he would encourage private-public partnerships to expand research into kidney disease in hopes that they could create an artificial kidney.
“We are going to prioritize a truly transformative goal: the development of an artificial kidney,” Trump announced, later adding, “This is a first, second, and third step; it’s more than just a first step. But we’re going to come up with solutions that, over a period of 5 years and 10 years.”