Kidney donors don't always get priority when they need a transplant

September 6, 2016 1:00 PM

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Kidney donors don't always get priority when they need a transplant

Living kidney donors are supposed to get priority on the waiting list if they ever need a transplant themselves, and when a recent study found that wasn't always happening, regulators put new policies and programs in place to reduce delays.

"We were surprised to find that some donors did not immediately receive their (prior living donor) priority on the waiting list," said Jennifer Wainright, of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) in Richmond, Virginia. "We found this while we were working on another project. It wasn't somethin...

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