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.
The initiative aims to increase the number of patients getting dialysis at home and double the annual number of kidneys available for transplants.
The question is whether a California ballot initiative to limit the profit of dialysis clinics will protect lives or end them.