Who Gets the Kidney? 5 Changes to the Allocation System

Advocacy in Action

More than 96,000 Americans are currently on the waiting list for a life-saving kidney and if this year follows the trend of years past, there will only be about 16,500 kidneys donated. Clearly, the demand is far greater than the supply and therefore, no policy for allocating donor kidneys can possibly match every patient in need with a donor. However, when it comes to deceased donor transplants, recently announced changes to the allocation rules are an improvement over the current system. These changes were made by the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN) and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

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