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Comment & Response
July 23/30, 2014

Liver Transplants Among US Veterans

Author Affiliations
  • 1Veterans Health Administration, Washington, DC

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JAMA. 2014;312(4):436-437. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.7152

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.

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