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Last week, cruising the Internet, I found this article explaining protein reactive antibody ratings and chemistries. At one point, the article says, “Candidates with a CPRA value of 80 percent or higher will receive points in the kidney allocation formula.”
In yet another article, I found that such transplant candidates will receive “four extra points.”
In all these years, I have never heard of a point system in allocating kidneys. No transplant coordinator has ever mentioned it.
Plug “kidney allocation formula” into Google, and you’ll get article after article explaining what the result of the formula is, and proposing changes to it. But “points”?
It took some digging, but I found it. As I expected, points get assigned based on age, location, waiting time, and the like. But then the complications start.
The complications are so complicated it makes me wonder: Has this system been developed, like so many other professional systems, simply to exclude public curiosity?
Whatever it is, I had never heard of it. It makes me wonder what other, large, important factor in kidney transplant still remains out there — that no one has ever told me about.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?