Why Black Patients Were Excluded From Kidney Transplant List

A recent video has shed light on the discriminatory practices in the kidney transplant system, particularly affecting Black patients. The video titled “Black patients shut out of kidney transplant list” uncovers the systemic bias that has resulted in unequal access to life-saving treatments. The investigation, conducted by CNN, reveals the shocking reality that race has been a determining factor in placing patients on the transplant list.

The video report exposes how Black patients in the United States are consistently being denied access to the kidney transplant list due to the utilization of a scoring system called the Kidney Donor Profile Index (KDPI), which takes into account the donor’s race. This has resulted in a disproportionately low number of Black patients being able to receive transplants, despite the fact that they are more likely to develop kidney disease. Research shows that Black patients are three times more likely to need a kidney transplant compared to their White counterparts.

The findings from this investigation are alarming and call for immediate action to address the racial disparities in the transplantation system. The discriminatory practices revealed in the video highlight the urgent need for reforms and a more equitable approach to organ allocation. By dismantling the biased criteria used by the KDPI, equal access to life-saving treatments can be ensured, ultimately saving countless Black lives.


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