Thursday, March 13, 2014

Geography plays major role in access to pediatric kidney transplantation in U.S.

There is substantial geographic variation in deceased donor kidney waiting times for children across the United States, with median waiting time ranging from as little as two weeks to as long as three years. Local supply and demand of high quality organs had a significant impact on waiting times for children in need of kidneys. Read More

COMMENT: many nations have an "opt out" policy for organ donation, where it is assumed that people want to donate organs unless they object in writing. In the U.S., the policy is "opt in" where it is assumed that people do not want to donate organs, unless they specifically state they want to be an organ donor. Adopting an "opt out" policy almost certainly would increase availability of donor organs.