Jan BrewerWe've told you about the outrage in Arizona over the state's decision to stop paying for certain crucial medical transplants. Several Arizonans already have died after health officials notified them that they no longer qualified for Medicaid and other state funding for life-saving procedures.
Arizona GOP Gov. Jan Brewer's administration has often insisted that the cuts -- made amid huge budget shortfalls -- concern procedures that are experimental and have little chance of success. But now a major medical specialty group says the Brewer administration was using faulty data in making the cuts, which include certain kinds of pancreas, liver, heart, lung and bone-marrow transplants.
The American Society of Transplant Surgeons said in a press release Thursday that it had reviewed the evidence the state used in deciding to make the cuts, and concluded that the information is "both flawed and outdated." It added that in many cases, the state also had ignored "the recommendations of designated medical consultants."Read More »from Transplant surgeons call Arizona’s data ‘flawed and outdated’