Who Gives, Who Lives? India’s Organ Transplant System Continues to Favor the Rich

May 10, 2018

(Scroll.in) – Like in many other spheres, the poor by the accident of their birth stand little chance of receiving life-saving transplants. The domination of the private sector in tertiary healthcare is even starker in transplantation. Transplants in public hospitals are currently restricted to very few large teaching hospitals in metros. For example, only around 1% or 2% of liver transplants are currently performed in the public sector. Most countries allocate organs by disease severity consistent with principles of justice and perform them as a part of a universal health care system. The WHO’s guiding principles on organ transplantation explicitly emphasise the importance of equitable allocation of organs.

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