Legalization Of Organ Donation Research Paper

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According to Shafer, “Over the last ten years, more than 65,000 transplant candidates in the United States were removed from the waiting list because they died” (Shafer). The cause of this is the outnumbered need for organs versus the vast shortage of organs available. This may be because in 1984, the U.S. Congress enacted the National Organ Transplant Act. This was mainly to address the ethical issues revolving around the shortage of organs. This law, although regulating the donation of organs, also outlawed any payment offer in turn for an organ (History.com) Society is supposed to donate their organs out of altruistic motives. This is a lot easier when a loved one, who is related, needs an organ and the family member is a match to the patient. …show more content…
In turn, the necessity to increase the donor pool would be substantial. There are two main ways that may increase the likelihood of a person to become a living donor. One of the ways would be creating an incentive for the persons going into it. The first incentive that comes to anyone’s mind would be the idea of paying for the organs. Although to some it may seem unethical to sell your body for money, we already do it today. When blood banks come to mind, we often tend to think of donated blood. Although it is highly encouraged for people to donate their blood if possible, to save lives. This is normally why people donate, to save the lives of others out of the goodness of their hearts. For those who are in a low economical state, there are some blood banks that pay an average of 20 to 40 dollars for a pint of blood. As it is beneficial to the persons with little money for the fact that blood can be sold up to two times a week. Our blood regenerates and allows us to donate and or sell our blood frequently. To someone who is desperate, another 120 dollars a month average is another bill paid. Blood banks also often buy plasma, about 50 dollars an hour. Another way that our bodies may be sold legally is through surrogate mothers. Although they’re not having any organs removed, they are essentially renting out their wombs for a hefty price. The average price to hire a surrogate mother, not including …show more content…
(Rettner) These alternatives would lessen the ethical issues as you’re not receiving money, yet still attract people to come forward and give organs. An average of an individual premium would be 279 dollars a month. It used to be that you either had the health insurance or not, in recent year the president Obama has made it to where you have health insurance or you pay a penalty. The incentive for lifetime health insurance is now more desirable than ever. This life time health care would cover any medical expenses that occur after the procedure, which may scare some from

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