Will a Program to Increase Black Kidney Transplants Do More Harm Than Good?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a new rule, which is aimed at increasing kidney transplants for black Americans. On its face, the rule would be a net positive. However, the group Do No Harm sees the potential for complications, and the potential for race-based discrimination is just one of them. 

Retired nephrologist Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, chairman of Do No Harm’s board, submitted a written comment to CMS objecting to the proposal. Goldfarb believes that more black people should receive transplants, but also states that the “health equity plan” is extremely flawed. 

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