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The logistics of organ transplants – supply but inefficient distribution

An essay in the Wall Street Journal by David Weill titled ‘Supply Isn’t the problem with Organ Transplants” (December 6, 2019), describes the increased supply of organs in the US but an inefficient distribution of the organs to patients who … Continue reading

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Are readmission rates a good measure of hospital quality?

An article in the New York Times (March 30, 2013) describes the impact of Medicare penalties based on patient admission rates, claiming that such schemes have resulted in decreased rates, from 19% to 17.8% in one year. But others claim … Continue reading

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Allocating kidneys to improve survival years for patients

An article in the New York Times (September 21, 2012) describes a new proposal to allocate kidneys to recipients using an index to estimate the quality of kidneys and directing 20 % of the kidneys at the top of this … Continue reading

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