The Pros And Cons Of Organ Donation

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The selling of human organs for transplants is a highly debated topic in the healthcare industry today. The National Organ Transplant Act of 1984 prohibits compensating organ donors for their donations. Over 100,000 Americans have kidney or liver disease, and are in need of transplants to survive. The average waiting time for a kidney transplant, once on the list, is 4.5 years, while, liver disease is less common with a waiting time of 430 days. Nonetheless, the fact is that there are not enough organs donated annually to meet these high demands. By creating a regulated market for buying and selling human organs, it would increase the number of lives saved, help families with expenses, and greatly ease the anguish that many sick individuals endure while in hope of a transplant.

First of all, by compensating people for their organ donations, it would increase the number of
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It is against many religions, and some would argue that altruism is the only acceptable policy for transplant. In these cases, no amount of financial incentives would change their mind about making a donation. The physicians are now faced with an ethical dilemma of risking healthy lives to save or improve the life of a patient. Although surgical techniques have improved, this still suggests to not be ethical.

Lastly, providing compensation for organ donation would greatly ease the anguish that sick individuals endure while in hope of a transplant. “Many of those waiting on for kidneys are on dialysis, and life expectancy while on dialysis isn’t long. For example, people age 45 to 49 live, on average, eight additional years if they remain on dialysis, but they live an additional 23 years if they get a kidney transplant.” (222). Not only is dialysis extremely hard on the patient’s body, but also costs almost $80,000 annually. Most people on dialysis can not work, and are left with an enormous
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