According to the article, "Medicare, the federal health program for 39 million elderly and disabled people, has long taken a conservative approach to covering liver transplants. Pioneered in the early 1980s, the operations weren't covered by Medicare until 1991, and then just for a few diagnoses. Five years ago, Medicare expanded coverage to all beneficiaries with "end-stage liver disease," with two exceptions: patients with liver cancer or with hepatitis B." This article explains why.
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