A bill that was introduced by the incumbent member of the California state Senate, Ricardo Lara could significantly change the dialysis modus operandi in the state. The bill was created to necessarily improve the treatment and general services that were provided to dialysis patients. These anticipated changes are going to be characterized by; a mandatory annual inspection of the dialysis machines and the centers as well and a 45-minute transition break between patients to enable the center’s employees to clean the machines thoroughly. Infections were recognized as one of the leading causes of death during the course of dialysis and served as an incentive for pursuing the passing of the legislation.
The center workers and patients were receptive to this bill due to the positive implications that it would have. However, the doctors and Dialysis Center management strongly opposed this bill citing that it would be an unnecessary inclusion to the existing safety measures. They even claimed that this legislation would pose as a potential harm to the patients and ultimately lead to the closing down of these treatment centers. The bill would bring about a myriad of issues that would translate to the patients not being able to access treatment conveniently. The California Dialysis Council were quick to point out that these treatment centers in the state already obliged to 346 federal safety and quality prerequisites.
Companies Monopolizing The Dialysis Industry
Two primary companies control over 70% of all the Dialysis Centers in the country. DaVita Healthcare Partners which is located in Colorado and Fresenius Medical Care, a German-based multinational have a presence in 3900 locations in the country. John Oliver a prominent HBO personality looked into the monopoly that is enjoyed by these two companies in the keeping dialysis functions running.
It is reported the up to 63000 people in California go through hemodialysis. This translates to a lucrative business that was incepted by a bill that was passed in 1972. The bill was an amendment to the Medicare bill and stipulated that anyone who needed dialysis should have access to it immediately. The alteration in the law meant that anyone with kidney complications would receive universal health coverage.
The bill is set to advance to the next stage after a voting process on June 2nd. The Dialysis Center workers and patients are confident about the outcome of the legislation.