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165 Chinese hospitals licensed for organ transplants

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A total of 165 hospitals across China have been allowed to conduct human organ transplants.

These hospitals span the country’s 31 provincial-level regions, with 20 from Beijing taking up the biggest share, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

Pilot hospitals allowed to transplant organs donated after cardiac death are not included, the commission added.

China now has the world’s second-largest demand for organ transplants. About 300,000 patients suffer organ failure each year, but only around 10,000 transplants are performed annually due to a lack of donors.

China introduced an organ donation system in 2010, with the non-governmental Red Cross Society serving as an independent third party in supervising and facilitating donation procedures.

At present, human organs are mainly procured via three channels in China: donations from executed prisoners, patients’ relatives and regular citizens.

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