Dialysis Patients Center of Signature Effort by Union in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio — More than 475,000 signatures are submitted to Ohio elections leaders to qualify an initiative on the ballot November 6 as they seek to improve patient care at dialysis clinics.

Dr. Ean Bett, an Ohio physician who supports the initiative, says the goal is to protect patients, not the profits of dialysis corporations.

The Service Employees International Union Local 1199 says 67% of people responding to a poll conducted in may support the ballot initiative.

Dialysis is a procedure that removes a patient’s blood, cleans it and puts it back in the patient’s body. Patients sometimes must attend dialysis sessions at a clinic three days a week, sometimes three to four hours each time.

The SEIU says in 2015, more than 18,000 people in Ohio received treatment at dialysis clinics.

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