Opinion: Proposition 8 Is a Direct Menace to Kidney Dialysis Sufferers’ Lives
By Marian Kammann
As a dialysis affected person, Proposition 8 is a direct menace to my life and the lives of each dialysis affected person in California. This deceptive proposition would trigger irreparable hurt throughout our state, by way of clinic closures and reductions in workers which might be essential to our remedy course of.
If voted into regulation, Proposition 8 would set extremely low limits on what insurance coverage firms should pay in direction of dialysis affected person care. These limits don’t even come near masking the precise value of dialysis affected person care, and dialysis clinics might be left masking the invoice. By forcing clinics to cowl the remaining prices themselves, clinic closures and reductions to workers and providers are a positive final result.
I do know first-hand how essential entry to remedy and providers are for dialysis sufferers. On the age of 20, my kidneys failed all of a sudden. I came upon then that I had glomerulonephritis and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, which regularly results in kidney failure. I used to be fortunate sufficient then to obtain a kidney transplant from my sister that lasted practically 35 years, however sadly over three and a half years in the past my kidneys failed as soon as once more. I’ve been again on dialysis ever since.
I proceed to work full-time out of sheer necessity. My employment ensures that I’ve entry to insurance coverage that covers my dialysis remedy. Fortunately, I’ve discovered a clinic that’s simply 20 minutes from my work. I’m in a position to go away work at 5 and be at my clinic by 5:30. What would I do if this clinic have been to shut as a direct results of Proposition 8 passing this November? Any adjustments to the placement of my clinic would imply each my employment and my well being would undergo. I’d have to chop my hours or stop my job to accommodate additional journey to remedy. With out insurance coverage or a paycheck, I’d don’t have any method to pay for remedy to start with.
The clinic closures that Proposition 8 will trigger will solely make accessing clinics even more durable for everybody. Many sufferers are in the identical scenario I’m in — they depend on clinics which might be close to work or residence to ease the journey time to remedy 3 times every week. For sufferers that have already got bother discovering transportation to and from remedy, a clinic closure is life threatening.
On prime of this, the discount in workers and lack of assets at clinics that Proposition 8 would trigger could be devastating. Each workers member in a dialysis clinic performs a particular position that’s essential to the remedy course of. We depend on all of those individuals — dieticians to grasp how your food regimen should change, social staff and insurance coverage coordinators to grasp the paperwork concerned in remedy, and nurse medical coordinators to help workers with our remedy. These individuals all play a significant position within the remedy course of that retains hundreds of thousands of individuals alive every day.
My dialysis clinic is a secure haven. A spot the place I obtain the remedy that retains me alive from individuals who I’ve grown to like and respect. I’ve constructed sturdy relationships with everybody in my clinic over the previous three years, constructing a bond that makes the painful remedy I obtain extra bearable. We joke round, chuckle and attempt to convey consolation to an uncomfortable scenario. We depend on these individuals for rather more than their medical experience.
There are various causes to vote no on this proposition, chief amongst them being the well being and well-being of the 1000’s of dialysis sufferers that that Proposition 8 threatens. In case you worth the lives of others and would by no means want to trigger one other particular person hurt or hardship, you’ll not help this invoice. Vote NO on Prop 8.
Marian Kammann is a dialysis affected person who lives in La Mesa.