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Liver Transplants Among US Veterans

William P. Gunnar, MD, JD1
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1Veterans Health Administration, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2014;312(4):436-437. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.7152.
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To the Editor Dr Goldberg and colleagues1 reported a disparity in the rates of US veterans waitlisted for liver transplantation and, once waitlisted, receiving a liver transplant when the veteran’s local Veteran’s Affairs (VA) medical center was located more than 100 miles from a transplant center. This disparity was observed regardless of whether the veteran received care at a Veterans Affairs Transplant Center (VATC) or a non-VATC. I believe that the authors imply that distance relationships affect veterans more so than similarly situated nonveterans and this requires clarification.


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July 23, 2014
David E. Kaplan, MD, MSc; David S. Goldberg, MD, MSCE
1Gastroenterology Section, Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA. 2014;312(4):437. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.7158.
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