They worded it a little differently, but the result is the same.
Those of you unfamiliar with kidney transplant might think it followed scientific, or at least logical, rules. But you would be wrong. Here’s a quote: “mathematical observations do not take into account the politics of kidney transplants, where competing registries are invested in their own methods and successes and see little advantage in unification.”
Advantages for whom? For the patients, who often receive a poorer match and would receive a better one if different registries were talking to each other? Or for the donors, who have given a piece of themselves and want more than anything for the recipient to have as good a life as possible? Or advantages only for the medical bureaucracies that have grown up regionally about transplantation and see their power being eroded by a national system?
“Garet Hil, the founder of the National Kidney Registry, which has arranged more transplants than any other group, said he did not agree that there needed to be a single system.” Because his system is better than their system.
So instead of a national system, we’ll continue with various systems. The compromise solves nothing and only serves the status quo. It left the conference’s lead organizer making up excuses. “Maybe we can have different operations with common allocation methods and principles,” she said after the conference. “A national registry may be where we need to be when the field is more mature, but maybe we don’t need to do that right now.” Really? Is that why you called the conference? Because you didn’t think there was a need? Or did you realize that these bozos (apologies, Dr. Bozos) weren’t going to give up their fiefdoms and wanted to continue to control the traffic in kidneys?
So what next? Well, it’s time to pass the buck. Guess who should be in charge? “the federal government should oversee a unified system for living donor exchanges.” Oh, a government bureaucracy is the most effective and efficient way to match kidney donors? Another layer of bureaucracy? Better start buying your kidney lottery tickets early, kids, because nothing is changing where it needs to.
- Manitoba joins kidney donation exchange registry (cbc.ca)
- Paying it forward: Kidney transplant living-donor chains (mnn.com)
- Doctors try to wean kidney transplant patients off meds – CTV.ca (drugstoresource.wordpress.com)
- Kidney transplant patients seek life without drugs – The Associated Press (drugstoresource.wordpress.com)
- Lack of Unified System Hampers Kidney Transplant Efforts (nytimes.com)
- Kidney Transplant Chain Sets Record – ABC News (abcnews.go.com)
- Record-Setting Kidney Transplant Chain (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- GOOD READ: Why I Donated My Kidney to a Woman I Don’t Know (sheposts.com)
- Allegheny General Hospital Surgeons Perform Region’s First Robotic-Assisted Kidney Donation (prweb.com)
- Can a man with a kidney transplant safely have a vasectomy? (ask.metafilter.com)
- Molecular blood test uses biomarkers to detect kidney transplant rejection (medcitynews.com)
- At Jefferson, Bellmawr Residents Become Part of Largest-Ever Kidney Transplant Chain (gloucestercitynews.net)
- Patient education classes may reduce disparities in kidney transplantation (medicalxpress.com)
- Kidney transplant chains shorten the wait for wellness (healthzone.ca)
- Military Vet Who Needs New Kidney Scoops $14m Lottery Jackpot (inquisitr.com)
- Doctors try to wean kidney transplant patients off meds (ctv.ca)
- Record kidney transplant ‘chain’ had Canadian connection (ctv.ca)
- Two Local Residents Part Of Record Kidney Donation Chain (chicago.cbslocal.com)
- The Power Of Kidney Transplant Chains When People “Pay It Forward” (medicalnewstoday.com)