What Are The Ethical Issues In 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…
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, …show more content…
I have often wondered why hospitals were able to sell a woman’s placenta without offsetting her maternity bill, when pharmaceuticals and others benefit from a placentas many uses. If I knew that there were to be proper standards and vetting prior to organ donation, which could ensure that organ domain could not be exploited by the wealthiest, then we might be on to something good. However, considering that the middle man in the distribution of organs is already taking advantage of this organ donation, and congress is fearing the costs and strain on our health care system which organ transplants translates into, I can see a strong need for this conversation to continue, and I hope it

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