Study says black americans and those without private health insurance are less likely to undergo transplants

A recent study concluded black Americans on Medicaid undergo living-donor kidney transplants less frequently than any other group of people. The study compared the number of transplants received by black Americans as opposed to the number of transplants received by white Americans. The study further compared the number of transplants that occurred between those who had a private insurance and those without private insurance. Robert Preidt writes, “Those with private insurance were 14 times more likely to receive a transplant than those without private insurance, the study found, and blacks covered by Medicaid were unlikely to receive a living kidney transplant at all.”

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=170813

Contributing Author: Rosevine Azap

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