The Star | Julian Sher
That’s because Canadians have to play a sort of postal code lottery, lingering on unequal waiting lists managed by each province. Canada — unlike the United States and most European countries — has no centralized, national list for people desperate for a new organ, in effect putting geography ahead of need.
And that long wait can be deadly.
In the first half of 2011, 20 of the 36 Canadians who died while waiting for a transplanted kidney were from Ontario — more than all the other provinces combined. In 2010, another 80 Canadians passed away, 34 of them from Ontario.