Should The Prohibition Of Organ Sales Only Discourages Donation?

1295 Words Feb 8th, 2016 null Page
Approximately thirty people die each day while waiting for transplantable vital organs, and since the year 2000, the number of Americans on waiting lists for kidney transplants has doubled (Humphreys, 2014). When statistics like this are used, it becomes quite clear that a course of action must be taken regarding the organ shortage before it becomes even worse. The need to encourage donation during such a shortage is obvious, however, when it is made clear that in terms of financial reimbursement for donation, the donor is the only one giving altruistically, it begins to seem as if the prohibition of organ sales only discourages donation. The same federal and state laws that prohibit donors from receiving compensation for the donation of their organs enables the same industry by providing recovery costs to those that remove, store, transport, process, or transfer the organ or tissue (Boyer, 2012). Not to mention, the large sums of money circulated between the hospital, surgeons, insurance and pharmaceutical companies for each transplant (Burrows, 2004). As the need for organs continues to expand, the laws concerning this need must grow in accommodation or else they run the risk of becoming archaic and counterintuitive. The United States should implement some form of a regulated system of payment for organ donation since the current system almost discourages donation; this could not only increase the amount of donations, but also deter black market activity and decrease the…

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