Guest Post by Amy Staples, Kidney Beans

There is a phenomenon that occurs when an organization has a highly significant power over those it is there to serve. I have observed it for some time in the form of Dialysis and Transplant Centers. When the product is seen as necessary for a good life by the customer i.e. kidney, liver, dialysis etc. that person has a certain involvement and need that seems to spark this in the providers. The providers become demanding beyond rational limits asking the customer (patient) to jump through often irrelevant and extraneous hoops, to commit to compliance without question – blind obedience if you will, and assume an authoritative role over the customer, while setting to blame the customer for any difficulties in the outcome.

I have witnessed this at three centers I consulted about a transplant for myself, as well as a dozen dialysis clinics in which I have been a guest or client. I have no respect for the program, their protocol or “rules for the patient” or their hurry up do what they demand but then sit back and wait while they take their time and make their mistakes approach to their customers.

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