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November 21, 2008


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Alison Hymes

Even though it would have meant a longer wait for me, I think they should address the current inequity in transplant waiting times based on where a person lives/their region first. I also think inequities based on income need to be addressed. Folks who have the money can 1)multi-list somewhere with a shorter waiting time than their own region and 2) people without good insurance and money saved or a good paying job, especially young people facing years of paying for anti-rejection drugs either don't qualify for the UNOS list or don't even try to get on it because of the financial burden they can not meet. I don't believe it is just for organs to be distributed based on the income of the recipient especially when this disadvantages the young who have the most years to gain in most cases or for whom a transplant can mean the chance to have a child or not. As I say, I would have waited longer, and I am glad I did not have to, but I could have waited longer and a young person in our area's obituary was in the paper a few weeks after my transplant (only 29) which made me very sad and frankly gave me some survivor guilt.


It is legal to abort a child from a womb but you can't sell your kidney to save a life.. I would $$ my kidney in a heartbeat to save a life,,

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