See my posting below on the waste involved in having more transplant programs in New England that are necessary. Now see this article on the creation of yet another liver program, this one at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. The article notes: "When DHMC first begins performing liver transplants, only private-payer insurance carriers will be covered for the procedure, Berk said. The hope, however, is that publicly funded insurance programs will approve it shortly thereafter and begin referring patients. "
I have nothing against DHMC or the very fine doctors there, but why should society support this program when there is already surplus liver transplant capacity in New England? Another quote: "Of the 4 million people in (New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine), about 40 are succumbing to liver problems every year," Berk said."
The article notes that some potential recipients lack transportation to get to another center in New England. Can this really be true? It is not that far, and people travel throughout the region all the time. If transportation costs are the issue, let's raise money to pay for it rather than hundreds of thousands of dollars for a new liver transplant program that will not do enough procedures to justify its existence.