Patients denied transplants as donor organs are discarded


Published Jan 3, 2014 at 10:37AM / Updated Jul 7, 2014 at 12:44PM

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.

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Transplant centers pull back to avoid sanctions


Published Jan 3, 2014 at 10:37AM / Updated Jan 8, 2014 at 05:58AM

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.

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Transplantable organs go to waste


Published Jan 3, 2014 at 10:37AM / Updated Jan 8, 2014 at 05:51AM

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.

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