The United Network
The United States faces a severe shortage of donated organs, including livers, kidneys, hearts
UNOS, which manages the distribution of livers for transplant across the country, says its new plan will eliminate geographical barriers that had given local transplant centers first dibs on donated organs in their area; instead, the plan will move the system toward a “sickest-first” model that would send livers up to 500 nautical miles away from the donor hospital if the need is deemed an emergency.
Advocates of the new policy say the new rules will help level the playing field for big cities, which face a relentless demand for donated organs and face much longer waiting times. Critics say the new plan will inevitably transfer livers away from rural and low-income parts of the South, Midwest
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