Patients Under Government Payment Programs

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This is the percentage of overall patients under government-based healthcare programs like Medicare or Medicare-assigned HMO plans.

The U.S. government has provided universal payment coverage for dialysis treatments since 1972 regardless of age or financial circumstances. A significant portion of dialysis patients are covered by government payment programs- for example, 87% of DaVita (DVA)'s patients in 2008 were under some form of government healthcare aid.

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