Legalizing Financial Incentives For Organ Donation Essay

1294 Words Oct 9th, 2016 6 Pages
Every year in the U.S the number of organs needed, versus those available for transplant rises and thousands are left waiting— and thousands waiting, die. Every ten minutes someone is added to the U.S national organ transplant waiting list and on average 22 people die every day still waiting for a transplant. In 2015, there were 122,071 people waiting for transplant by year’s end("National Data - OPTN," 2016). Only half of viable potential deceased donors actually donate and potential living donors are deemed medically unsuitable or are unwilling to donate. Thus there isn 't enough organs to satisfy the ever growing need. Legalizing financial incentive for organ donation could increase the number of willing donors, as well as decrease illegal organ harvesting and transplant. Increasing the availability of donors would save countless lives. However, would offering a financial incentive to people to sell their organs and the organs of their recently deceased love ones be Ethical?
For those with kidney disease a transplant is a life saving gift. There are currently 99,289 people on the national wait list for a kidney. Kidneys are the number one organ on the transplant list making up 90% of the patients. There is the greatest disparity between supply and demand with kidney transplants, the current median wait time of 1800 days("National Data - OPTN," 2016). Longer wait times are associated with increased risk for further disease and infection making these patients no…

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