To the Editor Dr Goldberg and colleagues1 reported a disparity in the rates of US veterans waitlisted for liver transplantation and, once waitlisted, receiving a liver transplant when the veteran’s local Veteran’s Affairs (VA) medical center was located more than 100 miles from a transplant center. This disparity was observed regardless of whether the veteran received care at a Veterans Affairs Transplant Center (VATC) or a non-VATC. I believe that the authors imply that distance relationships affect veterans more so than similarly situated nonveterans and this requires clarification.
Gunnar WP. Liver Transplants Among US Veterans. JAMA. 2014;312(4):436-437. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.7152