Essay on China Reconsiders Fairness of Transplant Tourism

724 Words Aug 28th, 2008 3 Pages
The ethical dilemma discussed in the article can be as follows:
On one hand, organ transplant operations in China become “transplant tourism” because only wealthy foreigners can afford to get organ transplant in China where there are not enough organs parts for Chinese citizens, or they cannot afford to pay such operations, as health insurance doesn’t pay for them.
On the other hand, China’s medical sector is in unstable condition, and foreigners pay fortune to get organ transplant, as a result many doctors and others involved in the transplant industry cannot refuse to do it in order to meet performance goals that can only be attained by acting in unethical manners In this aspect, the article is relevant about ethical issues
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They say that such kind of practice favors foreigners and reduces the organs availability for Chinese patients. Dr. Chen Zhonghua, Cambridge educated transplant surgeon, said that the money that foreign patients are bringing to China is further complicating an already corrupt system, that’s why Dr. Chen is encouraging patients to use living relatives as organ donors.

3- Moral obligations:

Some Rabbis in Israel oppose all organ transplants because of religious objections to donation. But it was estimated that 33% of the heart transplant performed on Israelis each year are done in China and 200 Israeli patients received kidney transplant in China during the past 5 years. Also, many Chinese are uncomfortable with the organ donation of deceased persons, because of traditional taboos against distributing their bodies.
Moreover, Chinese officials said that harvesting prisoner’s organs is legal and ethical. The Chinese Vice-Minister said: “If some criminals become aware that they have done a disservice to society and want to atone by donating their organs after death, this is something that should be encouraged, not opposed”. However, again following to Kantian approaches, the prisoners’ opinions should be taken in consideration.

As a result of all above, Israeli legislature proposed new transplant law that would forbid health insurers to fund transplants in nations where organs are collected in an unethical way.
China’s Ministry of

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