U.S. cost-saving policy forces new kidney transplant

New York Times, September 14, 2009

Although the government regularly pays $100,000 or more for kidney transplants, it stops paying for anti-rejection drugs after only 36 months. The healthcare bill moving through the House of Representatives includes a little-noticed provision that would reverse the policy, but it is not clear whether the Senate will follow suit. The 36-month limit is one of several reimbursement anomalies that many in Congress hope to cure.


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