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"An Algorithm Decides Who Gets a Liver Transplant. Here Are 5 Things to Know"

The Markup

In March, we published a two-part investigation into the algorithm that determines who gets a life-saving liver transplant. The algorithm was changed three years ago to allow donated livers to travel farther than ever before. Proponents said the change was meant to get the sickest patients a liver no matter where they lived. But those making the new policy dismissed surgeons, advocates, and academics around the country who worried that it would hurt rural areas and the poor while causing more livers to be wasted.