Essay on Black Market Organ And Human Transplantation

1087 Words Jul 23rd, 2015 null Page
Black market organ transplant is the consequence of a gross imbalance between supply and demand. Black market organ trafficking is people selling their organs for profit. The waiting list of patients who are in need of an organ vastly outnumbers the organs being donated. Over the last ten years, more than 65,000 transplant candidates in the United States were removed from the waiting list because they died. The desperation of sick patients and the shortage of domestic donors has contributed to the emergency of "transplant tourism"(Shafer 2011). Most of the time the organ is a kidney, but partial livers and single corneas are also traded. Typically, the sick patient is from a wealthy nation, while the organ donor usually lives in a disadvantaged country. According to the National Organ transplant act makes it “unlawful for any person to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any human organ for valuable consideration for use in human transplantation (Shafer 2011). Furthermore, this act allows monetary compensation for all other aspects of the transfer including "removal, transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, and storage of a human organ or the expense of travel, and lost wages incurred by the donor (Shafer 2011). However, a problem exists because there are not enough organs available to meet the existing needs. The buying and selling of human organs is illegal around the world, and this has resulted in the creation of a…

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