Medicine: Wisconsin Wants All Its Own Organs

Wisconsin Wants All Its Own Organs

Wisconsin and Illinois have a new border problem: transplant wars. Wisconsinites, fearing new federal rules will let Chicago hospitals take a disproportionate share of donated organs, are leading a group of states--including North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota--in trying to exclude Illinois from a new organ-sharing network. They anticipate that Illinois could acquire as many as 120 donated livers at their expense in the next four years.

The controversy started last year, when federal health officials proposed a system of organ sharing with less emphasis on geography. Most of the transplant community opposed the changes, wary that organs would be funneled...

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