Minority Children Waiting For Heart Transplants Have Higher Death Rates

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 23:22 in Health & Medicine

Minority children on the waitlist for a heart transplant have a greater risk of dying than white children do. Socioeconomic factors explain only a small fraction of this increased risk. When all factors including race, area income and insurance were simultaneously considered, children with Medicaid insurance were 20 percent more likely to die while awaiting transplant.

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