(HealthDay)—How states treat undocumented immigrants with kidney failure affects their health—including, in some cases, whether they live or die, a new study has found.
The states involved in the study—California, Colorado and Texas—have different guidelines on the treatment such patients should be given.
In California, undocumented immigrants with kidney failure receive scheduled, outpatient dialysis three times a week. Those in Colorado and Texas can get dialysis only when critically ill.
The study found that undocumented immigrants who didn't receive regular dialysis were more likely to die than those who got it.
The research involved 211 undocumented immigrants with kidney failure who were treated at Denver Health Medical Center, San Francisco General Hospital or Harris Health in Houston. The patients were treated between January 2010 and July 2014.