|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | World (Click here for more)

Spain Remains World Transplant Leader

MADRID – Spain continues to be the world leader in organ donations and transplants despite the country’s economic woes, the director of the National Transplant Organization (ONT) said Tuesday.

With the figures available up to November, Spain maintains its world leadership after beating its own record last year with a total of 4,212 transplants.

Rafael Matesanz also said that transplants are not “a luxury therapy,” particularly in the case of kidneys, which he said is one of the most cost-efficient treatments of all.

He commented at a press conference where he reported on the symposium “The Transplant in Times of Crisis” that the policy of cutbacks carried out to reduce the budget deficit has not yet affected transplants.

“Before they make indiscriminate cuts, its best to know what we can do without,” Matesanz said.

In that regard, he said that at the request of the Health Ministry, further development of transplant centers is being planned.

Matesanz also noted that in Spain, transplants cost up to 10 times less than in the United States, since labor costs there are much higher and the Spanish system is more efficient.

The $1 million that a heart transplant costs in the United States or the $270,000 for a kidney transplant would cost in Spain around 90,000 euros ($117,000) and 30,000 euros ($39,000), respectively, he said.

Besides its world leadership in transplants, Spain also leads in the number of donors, 35.3 donors for every 1 million people, according to figures from 2011. EFE


 

 

Xbox Live Gratuit
Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2009 © All rights reserved