Patients denied transplants as donor organs are discarded

High-risk patients are being denied organ transplants even as thousands of viable organs are thrown out each year, as a result of government regulations that hold transplant centers to certain survival benchmarks. Centers are cherry-picking patients to ensure they comply.


Transplant centers pull back to avoid sanctions

Transplant centers on the brink of federal sanctions for subpar outcomes become more conservative about they types of patients they’ll transplant and the types of organs they’ll accept.


Transplantable organs go to waste

Gains made in expanding the supply of organs have been reversed as centers are reluctant to use organs that could bring down their overall post-transplant survival rates. Thousands of organs are wasted even as patients in need of them die on the waiting list.