An Advanced Way To Solve Organ Shortage Case Study

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An Advanced Way to Solve Organ Shortage
Every year in America, the number of people who need organ transplantations grows, so does the donation waiting list. As the organ shortage is becoming severe, the government is urgently trying to figure out a final solution. Among all current proposals, legalized organ sales have been attracting a lot of attentions. Proponents, like Joanna MacKay, have shown how legalized organ sales would significantly relieve the shortage and benefit both sellers and buyers. However, skeptics like S. M. Rothman and D. J. Rothman, point out several moral and social concerns for the proposal. While legalized organ sales remain open to debate, there are several other solutions which might dispel skeptics’ concerns. In
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M. Rothman and D. J. Rothman write in their article, human body parts are not something people should put a price on, and therefore selling organs would instead cause new problems. Since there is no way to judge whether the price has been fixed reasonably for something priceless, when MacKay discusses organ sales in terms of price, she has already stepped into a gray area and could not avoid several unpredictable results. For example, even for the same type of organ, it is impossible for the organ market to set a flat price, because pricing would depend on how healthy the kidney might be. On one hand, a flat price is unfair to patients, because a kidney which is estimated to function 10 years and a kidney which could function 15 years should not be the same price. On the other hand, from the perspective of those sellers, even if their kidney does not last as long as another kidney, since selling their kidneys took the same cost and risk, they should not be compensated differently. As a result, the mismatch between buyers’ and sellers’ price expectations for an organ, as a result, would create a new dilemma. However, in her essay, MacKay mainly concentrates on how to eliminate the middleman and intermediate process to make sellers get as much money as they deserved. Consequently, although she argues that sellers could be fairly compensated for organ sales, she overlooks the possible difference between a fair price for sellers and a fair price for buyers and falls to …show more content…
Actually, there are various ways to increase organ supply other than organ sales. For instance, the government could reduce barriers like traveling and lodging expenses to attract living donors or the government could introduce the system in Spain that consent is assumed unless people opt out to increase deceased donors. However, the proposal for a government-regulated system to compensate organ donors is special, because not only does it inherit the advantages of organ sales, but also improves the lacking parts. For this donation compensation system, after people donate their organs voluntarily, they would receive a certain amount of money from a government fund as their reward. Ideally, under such a financial incentive, there would be more people willing to donate their organs so that the compensation system could relieve the organ shortage. Then, public medical services could gather the organs and allocate them anonymously to patients in need without any charge. Finally, the waiting list would be shortened

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