Posts Tagged ‘public policy’

February 23, 2012

Penny Wise, Pound Foolish? Coverage Limits on Immunosuppression after Kidney Transplantation


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This commentary discusses the current policy in the United States for Medicare patients who receive a renal transplant. Immunosuppressive drug costs are only covered for the first three years post-transplant, at which point patients must pay for the drugs out-of-pocket, or obtain private health insurance. The authors point out that the difficulties many patients face […]

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November 18, 2011

Better off living–the ethics of the new UNOS proposal for allocating kidneys for transplantation


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This article, part of CJASN’s new section on public policy, critically analyzes the new policy proposal by UNOS to allocate deceased donors kidneys in the UNOS.  The authors examine several potential objections: 1. Is waiting time a fair way to rank order patients since there are disparities in gaining access to listing? 2. It is […]

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November 18, 2011

Potential Limitations of Presumed Consent Legislation


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Presumed consent (PC) legislation has been touted as a potential solution to the disparity between supply and demand for deceased donor organs.  This study examines the legislation in European countries with and without presumed consent legislation and reports on interviews with senior transplant physicians in these countries.  The authors conclude that there are multiple country-specific, […]

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