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Disparities noted in transplant outcomes
Modern Healthcare

Problems with the U.S. healthcare system, including lack of private health insurance, can lead to disproportionately worse outcomes among black transplant patients, according to a study published online in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. After examining the medical records of more than 20,000 heart transplant patients who received a donor heart between 1997 and 2007, transplant surgeons at Johns Hopkins University found that it’s not just racial differences, but also problems in healthcare—such as insurance type and education levels—that can lead to worse outcomes after heart transplantation in blacks.