Organ Donor And Human Services Essay

1005 Words Apr 14th, 2016 5 Pages
According the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, almost 78,000 people are currently waiting for an organ donor, in the U.S. alone. Last year, only a mere amount of 2,553 organ transplant operations were performed, making the chance of someone on the list receiving an organ around 30%. In the prospective future, the amount of organ donors is not expected to rise at a significant rate; however, the rate of those on the waiting list is expected to grow, further reducing the chance of any individual placed on the organ waiting list to receive an organ. This enormous gap between the demand for organs and supply needed to meet the demand brings up the question: Is it ethical to pay people to “donate” their organs? In the case of kidneys and parts of the liver, it is ethical to incentivize donations with money because currently there is a huge gap between the demand for organs and the supply and the donor experiences essentially no loss of bodily function. First and foremost, it is well known fact that the demand for organs far exceeds the supply as LD de Castro explains, “[organ procurement programs] have not been successful enough to make more organs available for transplants and thereby to shorten waiting periods and waiting lists” (142). Castro explains how the current gap between the demand and supply of organs is only predicted to grow in the future and alternatives to organ donations need to be implemented. Alex Berger says that “thousands of people die waiting…

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