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Comment & Response
July 2, 2014

Outcomes After Kidney Donation—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Nephrology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
JAMA. 2014;312(1):95-96. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.6117

In Reply: We apologize for the error regarding Mr Herrick’s age and health status and a correction accompanies this letter. Of course, whether a specific individual did or did not experience complications from a procedure is not useful for evaluating that procedure’s safety; this is why large clinical studies are needed.

Drs Ross and Thistlethwaite state that 18% of living donors do not have health insurance at the time of donation. Nearly all developed countries outside the United States provide universal insurance coverage for such follow-up, so this statistic does not reflect a general failure to attend to the needs of kidney donors. Instead, it is evidence of the need for health care reform in the United States.

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