The Government's Present Line on Cardiac Transplantation
Lancet. 1984 Feb 18; 1(8373): 407-408.
Britain's standing medical advisory committee and transplant advisory panel have reaffirmed the place of heart transplantation within the National Health Service. The procedure has been funded through the NHS since 1982, and Britain's two transplant hospitals will receive increased allotments for 1984-85. Funding levels are still modest because the government is sensitive to criticism that transplants are an expensive way to save lives and that funds, if allocated elsewhere, could save more victims of other conditions. Supporters point out that the costs of such operations are falling and that advances in other areas, e.g., immunology, immunosuppression, and cardiac biopsy, have resulted from the transplant program. (KIE abstract)
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