Transplant patient access and affordability to care under new health care law

By: Transplant India
MUMBAI, India - May 16, 2023 - PRLog -- In 2017, a new law was passed by the US House of Representatives. This was called the American Health Care Act (AHCA), implemented on May 4 with a vote of around 217. However, the American Society of Transplantation (AST) was concerned about the patients needing transplantation and their donors. AST consists of professionals from the field of solid organ transplantation. The main concern was that with this new law, specific provisions would prohibit the protection of patients with certain conditions and needing a transplantation process. As a result, these patients might face an increase in bills with fewer benefits than before with this law. Situations such as this make it prominent to have a transplant organization that will help people experiencing poverty by covering all the medical facilities.

This bill was further a threat to losing the health insurance of 24 million Americans, making it unfair and challenging, especially for end-stage organ failure patients. Later the House passed measures to add additional funds to provide coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. However, it was still being determined whether it would be enough for the rising number of patients. Ronald Gill, then President of AST, stated, "The Congress must change this law and make it right for all the vulnerable groups of patients in America."

Accessibility and affordability of the patients to the transplantation process should be the primary objective of healthcare laws, whether new or old. For many years, the AST and transplant community have worked tirelessly to ensure that the patients receive all the necessities, as organ transplantation is about saving and extending lives. Hopefully, the healthcare laws in the future will see an immense improvement in the system and thus continue to save lives.

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