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  OCTOBER 14, 1999

Rolling the Dice at Transplant Centers

      A new government study has found a "striking" disparity in the success of transplant centers across the United States, saying a patient's odds of getting a donated organ and surviving the procedure depends on where they go.
      The report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was obtained by The Associated Press. Researchers looked at three factors: chances of a patient getting a heart or organ transplant, the organs most in demand; chances of a patient dying while waiting for a transplant; and chances of surviving a year, whether the patient receives a transplant or not.
      For example, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Lawrence, 89 percent of people waiting for a liver transplant received one during the mid-1990s. During that same time at the University of Baltimore, only 21 percent on the list got a liver. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, a new patient is added to the organ waiting list every 16 minutes.
      Health experts say the disparities are due to a variety of factors, including the region's policies for distributing organs, how effective the local organ bank is in obtaining organs, and the transplant surgeons' skills.


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