Arguments For Organ Donation

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At first read, the author is making a point about organ donors receiving adequate compensation for the donation of one of their kidneys. The authors romanticizes the production of available kidneys to be able to reduce a backlog of around 83,000 people waiting for one, should donor s receive compensation as an incentive to give up one of their kidneys. They also point out economic savings should people have available kidneys, in lieu of the cost of keeping those waiting for a kidney on dialysis. And the ethical questions and arguments in favor of compensating kidney donors, would be the influence of wealthy people wanting an organ, and temptation of people who are struggling just to get by on their weekly income. Would this in turn still …show more content…
One was as a pediatric nurse, and the other was two days a week on the Renal Transplant Unit of Albany Medical Center Hospital, in NY. While organ transplants and anti-rejection drugs have greatly improved since 1979, the authors of the article fail to realize other factors which concern organ donation today. First of all, I have complete empathy for the authors of the article, because know that you could die unless you have an organ donation is an extremely difficult roller coaster ride to be on, and would rightly have anyone questioning why the system could not be made better so others do not have to suffer the unknown, waiting, and cling to hope. But, perhaps the author’s experience has caused them to assume the following from the article: “Then, of course, there is the recipient who is, perhaps, compensated best of all. He or she gets his or her life back” The author assumes that the hospitals, staff, pharmaceutical industry and everyone involved in the transplant process is compensated well for saving a life. However there is much more to …show more content…
That is that people of wealth already benefit from being first on the list to receive an organ. This has to do with the distribution centers, or the non-profit United Network for Organ Sharing centers who set their own criteria as to distribute organs to those who can pay (Victory, 2006). Victory (2006) makes light that uninsured patients were often denied the lifesaving treatment of organ transplant, because of the tremendous financial strain on the hospitals including pre and post-surgery (para. 4). This is still in question now that the Affordable Care Act is in place as congress is feeling the tension between supporting low-income patients and controlling the cost of government-funded health care (Rizk & Singh, 2012). And the AMA concurs with the problem that there is just not enough organ donors to help the problem (Rizk & Singh,

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