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Americans Should Be Allowed To Donate Organs

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90% of Americans support organ donation; however, only 30% know the essential steps to donate organs (National Kidney Foundation). Medical providers view this statistic as a reason to offer a new procedure for donating organs: creating an enterprise of organs. An organ market inspires healthy patients to donate organs by offering money in exchange of organs. If individuals benefit from donating organs, more organs will be donated, resulting in more transplants. However, a business centered around organs is not ethical; donors should provide organs for the well-being of the people, not money. Consider the suffering that those requiring transplants face; they should not additionally agonize about affording treatments. Rather than finding alternate…show more content…
By offering money, more individuals would readily give up their organs. This would lead to a surplus of organs for transplants. However, an increase in the price of organs would limit those who could afford surgeries. Although selling organs benefits the donor, the patients suffer from money concerns in addition to their original medical issues. One item frequently reveals the corruption of society: money. The process of organ transplants should hold the ultimate aim of saving lives, not the selfish bribe of gaining wealth. Other methods, such as providing life or health insurance, would be less materialistic options for encouraging organ donation. Currently, organ donation only offers the donor a personal feeling of well-being. Jennifer Bard discusses the corruption after researching about organ transplants at the Texas Tech University School of Law. Bard analyzes,“... it has so far been prohibited to offer any financial incentive for registering as a donor or to families of individuals who choose to allow donation after death… no solution to the reluctance of Americans to donate can work until this reluctance is taken seriously and the families who choose not to donate organs are listened to with respect” (121-122). Patients face drastic amounts of debt from medical bills. Rather than exchanging money for organs, help should be offered to ailing patients. Authors from the…show more content…
Currently, organ transplants require the donation of material; however, this introduces a challenge of receiving inadequate quantities of organs. One solution considers offering an incentive of money for donating organs. Unfortunately, this brings along additional, unethical difficulties. The current, altruistic means of donating organs supports the process of humbly helping the unfortunate. Involving money introduces class struggles. Society would create a schism between the upper and lower classes; the wealthy purchase the organs of the poor. The large expenses prevent those in the most desperate need of transplants from receiving them, and only allowing the wealthy to transplant organs. Voluntarily donating biomedical material eliminates class differences, and focuses on the exigent issue: who needs immediate help. Alternate options provide answers for how to increase donations. One solution begins with spreading awareness on how to donate and aid the sick, not on bargaining for
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