LHSC Multi-Organ Transplant Program: Pooling Ontario’s Kidney Transplant Wait-Lists

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Fredrik Odegaard, Felipe Rodrigues
Ivey Publishing ()

In 2017, waiting times for kidney transplants in Ontario spiraled out of control. While patients in the kidney transplant program at the London Health Sciences Center in London, Ontario had a reasonable wait time of approximately one year, patients in the kidney transplant program in Toronto waited almost four years. To improve overall wait times for all Ontario patients, the provincial health department planned to merge the two currently separate programs and create a unified waiting list. Two doctors from the London Health Sciences Center were concerned about the effects of fusion on their patients in London and asked an analytical specialist to evaluate the effects of fusion. Would the merger have the expected negative consequences for the waiting times of your patients?

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