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But some doctors say there aren't enough organs available for all kidney patients. Nearly 56,000 people are waiting for kidney transplants in the United States, but only 16,000 get them each year, said the United Network for Organ Sharing, a national nonprofit that tracks transplants.
And some dialysis companies reject the idea that patients aren't told about all treatment options, including transplants.
"The idea that people would not be informed so we could make money, I completely reject that," said Dr. Allen Nissenson, chief medical officer of DaVita, which has about 1,500 dialysis clinics.
DaVita's patients are given lists of transplant surgeons and centers within 90 days of starting the treatments, Nissenson said.
Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com/
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