The National Coalition for Transplant Equity (NCTE) recently submitted a comment on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee’s (Committee) proposal for Enhancing Liver Distribution. In the letter, NCTE noted its support for policies that increase sharing and reduce disparities in liver distribution nationwide. "We applaud the Committee’s painstaking efforts to achieve equity for the thousands of patients who needlessly suffer under our unfair and irrationally-configured distribution scheme," the letter states. "Contrary to clear federal objectives and a robust evidence base establishing disparity, patients in certain places have had to wait to get very sick or in some cases die before they could get a transplant."
The proposal will be open for public comment from July 31, 2017 through Oct. 2, 2017. Click here for information on how to comment on the proposal.
NCTE's comment in its entirety can be found below.