The organ transplant waiting list in France
A perfect match between supply and demand is something that never exists in time and space. Depending on the degree of mismatch, some people envisage differentiating between queueing and waiting lists. What is the situation of the list of patients whose health condition requires an organ transplant? When comparing the number of transplants achieved with the number of patients registered in the same period of time, and awaiting such an operation, there appears to be an actual shortage. Throughout 1996, in France, only 32% of the total number of patients scheduled to undergo a transplant effectively received it, with major variations depending on the organs, ranging from 65% for the liver to only 19% for the heart and lungs. Does this gradually-drawn-up waiting list, which has now been granted legal status, reflect the reality of the needs for transplants?
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