Wednesday, March 2, 2011

NPR On Point discusses kidney allocation proposals

The On Point show at National Public Radio has a broadcast on the pros and cons of the recent proposal to change the allocation of deceased donor kidneys, to take more account of age.

Rob Stein, health reporter for the Washington Post. Read his article “Under kidney transplant proposal, younger patients would get the best organs.”
Kenneth Andreoni, professor of surgery at Ohio State University and chair of the Kidney Transplantation Committee, which is reviewing kidney organ procurement, distribution, and allocation for the United Network of Organ Sharing.
** See the full “concept document” and submit your comments.
Lainie Friedman Ross, professor and associate director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago.
Arthur Caplan, professor and director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lainie Ross worries about the effect of this change on the incentives for live donation (starting just before minute 10). 

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