California, Other States Face Shortage of Transplantable Livers Because of Uneven Distribution of Available Organs
Hospitals in California, New York and the New England region face a shortage of transplantable livers, in part because of protocols that have led to an uneven distribution of available organs throughout the country. About 6,000 U.S. patients undergo liver transplant operations annually, just a fraction of the nearly 15,600 who are on the waiting list. About 1,500 patients die each year waiting for new livers.
- "New York Has a Liver Problem, With No Easy Solution" (Goldberg, Capital New York, 6/21).