california proposition - healthcare
Introduced by Sarah Steck (SEIU-UHW) and Eliott Perry
- Authorizes state regulation of kidney dialysis clinics. Establishes minimum staffing and other requirements.
- Report data on dialysis-related infections to the state health department and National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
- Requires a minimum of one licensed physician present at the clinic while patients are being treated, with an exception for when there is a bona fide shortage of physicians.
- Provide a written notice to the state health department and obtain consent from the state health department before closing a chronic dialysis clinic.
- Prohibits clinics from refusing to treat patients based on the source of payment for care.
- Increased state and local government costs likely in the low tens of millions of dollars annually.
- Berkeley Research Group (BRG) estimates costs to increase by $320 million every year.
- Will mandate the roughly 600 dialysis clinics in California to have a physician during all operating hours, in a non-caregiving, bureaucratic role.
- Ballot will jeopardize access to care for approximately 80,000 California dialysis patients.
- Increased costs will be passed on to patients in forms of higher insurance premiums and higher taxes for government-sponsored health care.
- BRG analysis estimates half of all dialysis clinics in the state would become unsustainable, which could force hundreds of clinics to cut back services or shut down completely.
- Bad for business and will increase healthcare costs and raise taxes statewide.
- LASCC Position: Opposed
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