Thursday, August 4, 2016

Dr Jeff Veale in the WSJ on vouchers for living donor kidneys

Give a Kidney, Get a Kidney--An innovative voucher program started in 2014 at UCLA is spreading across the country.  By JEFFREY VEALE Aug. 3, 2016

"The good news is that there were 17,878 kidney transplants in the U.S. last year, the most in a single year, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. And the numbers may keep growing thanks to an innovative voucher program that started in 2014 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and is spreading across the country.

Here’s how it works: If you donate a kidney now, you will receive a voucher that a loved one could use to secure a kidney in the future. The Advanced Donation program is coordinated through the National Kidney Registry, which uses a national database to quickly and efficiently match donors and recipients.

The idea was approved by the Ethics Committee of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons in June, and has been sent to that group’s executive committee for formal approval. Ten hospitals across the country have so far joined UCLA to honor the voucher program. Donors currently need to go to one of these hospitals to receive a voucher but many other centers are expected to join."

Here's my earlier post on this:

Donating a kidney today, and getting a promise of a living donor kidney in the future for someone you specify

I'm no lawyer, but I anticipate that there may be contract design details to work out. This will be well worth watching.

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