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Thursday, April 18, 2024 | Back issues
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Kidney disease

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A bi-racial patient born with a single shrunken kidney is suing his doctors in federal court in New York because, while awaiting a transplant, he noticed that the algorithms his the doctors used to assess his kidney health differed depending on whether he was categorized as Black or non-Black. He claims the algorithm adds on a race-specific multiplier to Black patients that makes them appear healthier than they are, meaning Black people have to reach a much more severe level of kidney disease to qualify for certain treatments.

Click here to read the complaint.

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