Study: Gender bias on transplant waiting list

March 25, 2009 9:37:33 AM PDT
A new study finds your gender could prevent you from getting lifesaving surgery. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University looked at data from more than half-a-million patients suffering from renal failure. They found women over the age of 45 were much less likely to be placed on the kidney transplant waiting list. Women over 55 were 15 percent less likely to make the list.

Researchers say the reason is, the older women get, the less likely providers may think they are to survive an operation.

But the study disputes that.

Hopkins researchers found women who had kidney transplants had higher survival rates than men.