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Subject:  Re: Shopping for a new liver? Date:  6/20/2009  1:33 PM
Author:  sykesix Number:  19499 of 116453

Telegraph wrote:

Here's the liver transplant info from Canada

you'll note that as money became a problem, the wait time doubled between 1995 and 2000

According to that graph, the median wait time in Canada is 161 days for patients who did not require hospitalization prior to the transplant. Much shorter waits for the serious cases. From the original article:

According to data provided by UNOS, in 2006, the median number of days from joining the liver waiting list to transplant was 306 nationally.

So you would typically have to wait almost twice as long for a liver transplant in the United States as you would in Canada. That means the Canadian system is hugely more efficient at providing timely health care in this area.

I don't think there is another poster on this board who has worked as tirelessly as telegraph to expose serious problems with the American medical system. A lot of this stuff I would never think to look up. I would have just assumed wait time were roughly comparable. But he has exposed yet another area of serious deficiency in the US system.
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