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Would Your Health Plan Pay for a Transplant with an HCV-Infected Organ?

Barbara Rutkowski, EdD, MSN, CCM - Vice President, Clinical Operations, Advanced Plan for Health and Yvonne Daugherty, VP of Development, Advanced Plan for Health

There are about 99,000 Americans listed for a transplant, some for many years. Unfortunately, about 4,800 die each year while they wait for their transplant. Not everyone is at the top of the transplant list nor do they have the remaining life and / or health to undergo the procedure if the wait is too long.

Expanding the available organ pool can save lives and reduce overall costs in many cases.

There is a relatively new source of organs available from deceased individuals infected with Hepatitis C (HCV-infected). These organs were formerly discarded, but they are now being utilized... 

Tags: Organ Transplant, Kidney Transplant, Heart Transplant, Dialysis, Kidney Dialysis, Hepatitis C, HCV Infected, Healthcare Costs, Health Plans, Liver Transplant, Viral Disease

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