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WASHINGTON: The United State's transplant network is taking a long-awaited step to ease a serious disparity: Where you live affects whether you get a timely liver transplant or die waiting.On Monday, the United Network for Organ Sharing is proposing a change, redrawing the map that governs how donated livers are distributed so patients wouldn't need to leave home for better odds.More than 14,600 people are on the waiting list for a new liver.The U.S.' 11 transplant regions are subdivided into local areas with individual waiting lists, and there are wide variations in organ availability both within and between regions.UNOS has debated how to change liver distribution for several years, a process Hirose called contentious as some transplant centers with shorter waits didn't want to lose them. The proposal will be open for comment from the public -- check https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/ -- through mid-October before any changes are finalized.Sick patients shouldn't have to leave home to improve their odds of a transplant, said liver recipient Myles Kane. The transplant chief at a leading liver center welcomed the proposed change.
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