2nd Arizona Patient Booted From Transplant List Dies
Some 100 residents removed from list after funding is cut
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2011 8:27 AM CST
Francisco Felix, left, and his wife Flor Fleix, talk in their Laveen, Ariz., home about how his liver transplant was canceled because Medicaid suddenly would not pay for it.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
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(Newser) – The latest casualty of Arizona's budget cuts is, tragically, a true casualty: A patient unable to get a liver transplant "most likely" due to the defunding of the procedure has died, reports the Arizona Daily Star. A rep for the University of Arizona Surgery Department says the patient was removed from the waiting list Oct. 1 when the state ceased paying for certain transplants that had been previously covered by Arizona's Medicaid program. It's the second reported death due to funding cuts, which affected as many as 100 people in the state.

 

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