LOS ANGELES, CA — California voters can be forgiven a sense of deja vu, having voted down a law governing dialysis clinics just two years ago. But the 2018 measure and this year’s Proposition 23 are fundamentally different.
Voters in 2018 rejected Prop 8, which sought to cap dialysis clinic profits. Proposition 23, focuses on patient safety and clinic oversight.
So what exactly would Prop 23 do?
It would require dialysis clinics to have a doctor or nurse practitioner onhand when patients are being treated, and it would require clinics to report patient infections to the state and federal government. It would also prohibit clinics from closing without state approval and prohibit them turning away patients because of their source of payment.
Opponents of the measure argue that these requirements are unnecessary and costly. Clinics would be forced to close down, and patients will lose access to the care they