Organ Transplant System Overhauled; What’s the Impact on Montco Residents on Waiting Lists?


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The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) nonprofit has been directing organ transplants in the United States for close to four decades, according to a staff report from the TribLive.

In this time, critics say the organization has been plagued with problems, including wasted organs.

Last month, the Biden administration said it planned to break up UNOS and make it possible for other organizations to take over some of the functions long handled by the nonprofit. It also proposed doubling the annual investment in the system to $67 million.

According to Richard Hasz, the CEO of the Gift of Life donor program, which is responsible for organ collection for the eastern part of Pennsylvania, the pace of transplants should continue amid the changes being made to the system.

“I’m confident that we’re going to handle it in a way that will only improve the system and not put any patients at risk,” he said.

He also noted that he supports the plan for the changes, but hopes that the new system will keep the things that currently work.

Read more about the organ transplant system overhaul in the TribLive.

Biden proposes overhaul of organ transplant system.

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