GOVERNACIDE: The four-decade-old congressionally enacted Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network is failing its mission

FROM: 1440

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Good morning. It’s Thursday, March 23, and we’re covering an expected social media grilling on Capitol Hill, a life-saving overhaul to an outdated system, and much more.

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Organ Transplant Overhaul

The US Health department announced plans yesterday to modernize the country’s four-decade-old congressionally enacted Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. The system is solely responsible for tens of thousands of life-saving organ transplants in the US every year, where over 100,000 people are currently on its waitlist. 

The private nonprofit United Network of Organ Services has managed the network since 1986. UNOS has come under fire for its elevated kidney discard rate of roughly 20%, while a 2021 audit by the US Digital Service called for a broad restructuring of the network’s information technology stack, reporting it had crashed for 17 days since 1999. Due to UNOS’ effective monopoly over US organ services, critics argue there’s insufficient accountability for poor performance.

The multiyear modernization effort aims to update technology, increase competition by soliciting bids, double federal funding, and update the nearly 40-year-old law, specifically to abolish appropriations caps. A new data dashboard shows recent trends in procurement here.

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Here’s a novel idea: get the Gooferment out of the organ transplant business.  Entirely.

For example, do you think that hospitals that do transplants would not figure out a better system.  And, BTW, why can’t we pay organ donors for their donation or their heirs?  Seems silly to bury good spare parts because we can NOT figure out how to do it ethically and efficiently.

Of course, if you’re rich or well connected, then there’s no problem getting what you need.




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