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Assessing the Fairness of the Kidney Transplant List

Posted on February 13, 2016 by Disability Help Group

For many who suffer from serious kidney failure, a transplant may be necessary. A chronic disease that necessitates something as serious as an organ transplant may lead an individual to seek Social Security disability benefits.

A new study shows that patients with kidney disease who have had previous organ transplants may preemptively have their names added to the waiting list for a kidney transplant. This includes patients who have undergone lung, liver or heart transplants.

Researchers in the study expressed concern that these patients were placed on the list before even needing dialysis. It is believed that this preemptive measure is taken in order to increase the patient’s chance of survival. But the research also raises concerns that perhaps it is unfair to place these patients on a list ahead of those who are currently suffering kidney transplant and may be in need of a transplant.

Currently in the United States, there are more than 85,000 people on the waiting list for a new kidney and about half will succumb to their illness before receiving the transplant.

The study also showed that some demographics appeared to have an easier time being added to the list. These included:

  • women;
  • Caucasians; and
  • those with private insurance.

If you suffer from kidney disease or any other severe mental or physical condition that prevents you from working, contact a Social Security disability representative. They can help determine if you are eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits.

Get a FREE Social Security disability guide and avoid the common mistakes many claimants make during their application or appeal. If you or your loved is suffering from a severe physical or mental disability, contact the Disability Help Group at 1-(800)-800-3332.