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August 12, 1986

Foreigners receive nearly a fourth of the kidneys transplanted at District of Columbia hospitals, while U.S. military dependents needing kidneys are turned away, a study said. Calling for an Americans-first transplant policy, the Health and Human Services Department report said reviews of organ transplant programs in 17 cities showed that foreigners tend to receive kidneys more quickly than U.S. citizens. The report said more than 200 kidneys are shipped abroad each year although nearly 10,000 Americans are on waiting lists.

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