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Report: Cheap Malaysia Transplants

May 18, 2002

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ A Malaysian state-run hospital is offering subsidized liver transplants for as little as $130 in an effort to make them affordable, newspapers reported Saturday.

Patients would pay between $130 and $790 for the operation at the new National Liver Transplant Service Center at Selayang Hospital, while government employees and their dependents could have it done for free, said Health Minister Chua Jui Meng.

A liver transplant costs at least $70,000 at a private hospital in Malaysia and more overseas, Chua said, according to the New Straits Times newspaper.

The subsidized price would depend on the accommodations, with the cheapest price being for a third-class ward. Foreigners are not eligible.

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