People of Color Are Less Likely to Receive Organ Transplants

June 21, 2019

(Undark) – Patients who experience organ failure need a transplant to improve their odds of survival and to achieve a better quality of life.  However, getting an organ transplant is often accompanied by several challenges, many of which can be attributed to factors like the state of an individual’s living circumstances, their economic status, and where they were born. As a result, many racial and ethnic minorities, such as African Americans, Latinx individuals, and Native Americans, must unjustly wait longer for a much-needed new organ — or never receive one at all because of these barriers to care.