Health Equity at Fresenius Medical Care

At Fresenius Medical Care, we are a diverse team of more than 120,000 individuals who share one guiding principle: patients are our purpose. We provide care in thousands of communities across the globe in support of a diverse patient population, all with the goal of helping people thrive. By providing essential products, we also take care that our patients’ health needs are met in areas where we do not deliver direct clinical care.

Social and systemic factors, such as a person’s ethnicity or where they live, impact a person’s access to quality care and opportunities to thrive. We believe that every patient, regardless of ethnic origin/race, ethnicity, nationality, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or socioeconomic status, should have an equitable opportunity and support to maximize their health.

Our commitment to health equity means expanding our knowledge and services to eliminate inequities in care opportunities and health outcomes. Through our own capabilities as well as in partnerships, we strive to provide the most comprehensive care for all people living with serious illnesses including chronic kidney disease. Our Global Medical Office and Care Delivery teams work in conjunction to ensure we continuously work to advance equity in care.

We advocate for people living with kidney disease because we believe everyone deserves the opportunity to live a healthy life. Our team is fully committed to delivering equitable care across the globe and living our promise to engage patients and one another with empathy, compassion, and respect. 

Fresenius Medical Care has identified seven key areas of focus to help bridge the gap and provide more equitable care for people living with kidney disease.

Measure and identify disparities

Measure and identify disparities in clinical outcomes and care

Prioritize racial equity

Prioritize racial equity in healthcare

Implement interventions and partnerships

Implement interventions and partnerships to reduce disparities

Advance equitable healthcare policies

Advance equitable healthcare policies, processes, and systems

Advance equitable healthcare policies

Partner to assist in protecting vulnerable populations during public health emergencies

Partner to foster trusting relationships

Partner to foster trusting relationships within healthcare

Raise awareness to the need for equity

Raise awareness of the need for equity in healthcare

To date, Fresenius Medical Care has already achieved success in several areas to work towards improved health equity.

COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

Once the vaccines were available for the COVID-19 virus, we leveraged existing infrastructure for flu vaccine distribution to help vaccinate patients who may otherwise have faced difficulty receiving vaccinations.

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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Memberships

We support the advancement of compassionate, holistic care and work to invest in our communities to help patients thrive. Through our memberships in CHCI and CBCF we work towards our goal of improving the well-being of the people in the communities we serve.

Disaster Response

We see the need to address the potential for disaster response as a result of frequent, unprecedented natural disasters resulting from climate change and other factors. Our disaster response team works closely with local governments to provide assistance to ensure dialysis patients get the care they need.

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Case Based Learning: Disparities in Home and Transplant 

We understand the disparities in-home therapy and access to transplant and are working towards making home therapy a reality for more patients while also supporting causes that help reduce inequities in access to transplant.

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