March 9, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) - It used to be that blacks who were waiting for a liver transplant were more likely to die than whites were in the same situation.
But a new study finds that blacks now have the same chance of getting a life-saving organ transplant, under a nationwide system that puts the sickest patients first.
The federally funded study found that racial differences disappeared when the old system was scrapped in 2002.
A transplant surgeon at Tufts University School of medicine in Boston says the goal was to make the system "race-blind," and he says it appears to have been successful.
But a disparity may still remain. The research indicates that the system may favor men over women.
It appears on the Journal of the American Medical Association.