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Characteristics of Kidney Transplant Recipients, Frequency of Transplant Failures, and Cost to Medic

The Government Accountability Office analyzed data from 1997 through 2004 from the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) and interviewed officials from pediatric transplant centers.

In this Sept. 28, 2007, report (PDF), the GAO examines:
the percentage of transplant failures and subsequent outcomes-retransplant, dialysis, or death-among pediatric, transitional, and adult kidney transplant recipients and
how the cost to Medicare for a beneficiary with a functioning transplant compares with the cost for a beneficiary with a transplant failure.