Intense concern regarding the mounting expense of health care has naturally
prompted special attention to expensive treatments and those devoted to
the care of relatively few patients. Liver transplantation exemplifies
both of these characteristics. In this issue of THE
JOURNAL, Showstack and colleagues1 present an
analysis of important variables that contribute to the high cost of
liver transplantation. Resource use and costs were examined at 3
participating institutions, and these were related to certain risk
factors and practices.
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