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June 4, 2008

Economic Barriers in Organ Transplantation—Reply

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2008;299(21):2512. doi:10.1001/jama.299.21.2512-b

In Reply: The main source for the JAMA Patient Page on organ donation was the United Network for Organ Sharing Web site,1 which among many other issues stresses that financial status does not determine organ allocation. Sadly, the concern expressed by Drs Drazner and King about the influence of lack of health care insurance on organ transplantation is just one example of the pervasive effects of inadequate insurance coverage on access to care for the 47 million uninsured persons in the United States.2 Solutions for this national disgrace deserve high-priority consideration in this election year.