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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Competition affects who gets a liver transplant: study

(Reuters) - More competition between medical centers that perform liver transplants may mean sicker patients get lower-quality donor organs, according to a U.S. study.

When more than one center has patients on the same donor list, the centers have an incentive to get organs for as many of their own patients as possible, wrote researchers, whose report appeared in Liver Transplantation.

So doctors are more likely to take the first available organ when their patient is at the top of the transplant list, whether or not that pairing has the best chance to succeed, rather than risk the organ will go to another center.


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