Access to kidney transplants unequal across Ontario: study

Posted on Monday, January 9, 2017

Dr. Greg Knoll

A study published in the American Journal of Transplantation found that chronic dialysis patients in Ontario have unequal access to kidney transplants. These patients with kidney failure will be on dialysis their whole lives unless they receive a transplant. 

When the research team looked at all the kidney transplants that took place in 27 of Ontario’s regional kidney care programs from 2003 to 2013, they found that transplant rates ranged from 7.4 to 31.4 percent across programs.

“In theory Ontario has a universal health care system, but our study found that patients registered in some regional kidney programs were more likely to receive a transplant than others,” said senior author Dr. Greg Knoll, Chair in Clinical Transplantation and professor at the University of Ottawa and a senior scientist and Head of the Division of Nephrology at The Ottawa Hospital. 

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