Transplantation and the Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease Program

Donna Brogan, Elbert P. Tuttle, Barry A. Hong, Marc D. Smith, Lucius F. Wright, Paul W. Eggers

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To the Editor: Eggers (Jan. 28 issue) 1 noted that 11 percent of black patients with end-stage renal disease received kidney transplants, as compared with 22 percent of white patients with the disease, during eight years of the end-stage renal disease program (through 1985). He concluded that blacks received transplants at only half the rate of whites. Recent data from ESRD Network 20 on Georgia and South Carolina2 indicate that not only differences in race and age but also differences in sex are prominent among renal-transplant recipients. To qualify the frequency of transplantation in demographic groups, we define a transplantation rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-56
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 7 1988


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