New To This Forum - Hello!


#1

Hello there!

I just wanted to say hi to this wonderful community and give you a little bit of my background. My older sister, who is 40 years old, is a type 1 diabetic and lost her kidney function at 28 years old. She got a kidney from a very generous family whose daughter tragically died in a car accident in 2008. Her kidney worked for about 9 years before it lost its function last year. She initially went into manual PD, got peritonitis, was transferred to HD, got an infection, and went back to PD. She is currently on PD and waiting for a second transplant. I live in the US and she lives in Mexico, but we are constantly in communication and I visit her quite often to help out.

I have found a lot of useful information in this forum about issues patients go through, so I thought it was a good idea for me to sign up to the forum. Thank you for letting me be part of this community!


#2

Welcome! Please feel free to ask any questions that you or your sister have. Although the folks on this message board know about kidney disease and treatment and I worked as a social worker in U.S. dialysis clinics in the past, my knowledge of payment for dialysis in Mexico and other countries is limited. If you or your sister can share information about how to pay for dialysis in Mexico, that could help others from Mexico who visit this Forum and read this message.


#3

Hi Beth,

Thanks for replying. The health system in Mexico is government run and there are three types of government health insurance: ISSSTE, IMSS, and Seguro Popular. My sister is affiliated to IMSS and it is where she is getting her treatment. She does not have to pay for medical service there, but unfortunately the service is not great. There are extra out-of-pocket medical expenses incurred here and there, but the dialysis treatment is paid by IMSS. They supply the dialysis bags and a Baxter dialysis machine. When PD fails, she has to go to her assigned IMSS hospital to get hemodialysis. She is currently on PD and will enter surgery to remove the PD catheter and replace it for a new one. I’m sharing the Wikipedia page that talks about the Mexican healthcare system. I think Wikipedia explains it better than I do since I haven’t lived there in a long time. Thanks again! :slight_smile: