For about half of people with this condition will eventually progress to kidney failure.
In California, the dialysis industry spent about $2.5 million on lobbying and campaign contributions in the first half of this year in its ongoing battle to thwart regulation.
Home dialysis isn’t right for everyone. Seniors with bad eyesight, poor fine-motor coordination, or cognitive impairment generally can’t undertake this therapy.
Before finding a dialysis clinic in their insurance network, a Montana man was charged more than half a million dollars for 14 weeks of the treatment
Medicare has covered transplant patients who had end-stage renal disease. But coverage ends after 36 months for those younger than 65.
The initiative aims to increase the number of patients getting dialysis at home and double the annual number of kidneys available for transplants.
Only one in 10 dialysis patients survey were aware that their average life expectancy was less than five years.
Clinic is scheduled to open in late 2020 in the Everett Mall Office Park in south Everett.
The question is whether a California ballot initiative to limit the profit of dialysis clinics will protect lives or end them.