Nation's transplant system looks for new ways to distribute livers more fairly

Where a patient lives has a huge impact on their ability to get a liver transplant, and the United Network for Organ Sharing wants to change that. 

According to an NBC report, the disparity in liver transplant availability around the country has to do with unequal supply and demand in the various geographic regions the livers are divided between. UNOS hopes to redistrict the maps for liver transplants to even out rates of supply and demand and help patients across the nation receive a transplant at roughly the same level of severity. 

The group put forth three policy proposals Monday to change the way liver transplants are distributed across the country. The proposals are open for comment. UNOS hopes these proposals can make the way it allocates livers more fair so patients have equal access. 

The proposals are open for comment until October 15. 


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