Proposed Transplant Waitlist Policy Would Distribute Human Organs Based on “Equity”
A powerful group that controls kidney transplants in America intends to implement a controversial “waitlist” policy that would force patients with severe medical conditions to only be given life-saving treatment if the patient is deemed an “equitable” choice, according to The Federalist. However, it’s not entirely clear how this new policy will actually be implemented.
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is a non-profit organization that is contracted by the federal government. Its purpose is to manage transplant waitlists for patients receiving medical treatment.
UNOS has requested that transplant lists be changed in favor of a system that promotes “improvements in equity” instead of focusing on “hard boundaries” and questions of patient health
Commissioned research shows that the policy change won’t impact transplants by race or ethnicity. The organization has not explained precisely what, therefore, it means by “equitable.”
After public backlash, a representative for UNOS, Anne Pashcke, specified that no one has been impacted by these new organ donor policies “yet.”
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