Essay on Compensation for Living Human Organ Donation is Unethical

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Compensation for Living Human Organ Donation is Unethical

As technology continues to progress the feasibility of organ transplantation becomes a commonplace. It is very common for organs to be donated after one passes if it is the wishes of the deceased. As the supply of organs from the deceased is greatly outnumbered by the number of patients on waitlists living donors becomes an issue. Many times a relative or close friend is willing to give up an organ to help save a life. The question is: Is it ethical to accept a monetary payment in exchange for an organ to save a life? Organ donation started out as simply “donation” or the act by which a person voluntarily transfers the title to a thing of which be is the
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A system in which would be regulated by an international organization such as the World Health Organization. Regulations would include several very important aspects of organ transplant. First of all there would be a set price for each organ, and a set price to be paid to the donor. This would prevent the wealthy from having more opportunities than those who are less fortunate than others. This would also prevent bidding on organs. The second important aspect of regulation is to have the donor and recipient remain anonymous. This will help protect from later gifts to the donor. At this point in time this type of regulation is very far form being implemented, thus we cannot have an ethical and moral way to commercialize organ sales. There are several reasons besides the obvious ethical issues that make it wrong to sell organs from live donors. First of all the dangers presented to the donor. Most of the organ donors who would donate their organs for money will mostly come from third world nations. There are two main problems with this. The ignorance of the donor to the risks involved before he or she gives consent, and the fact that the “middle-men” involved are motivated by money so the most profitable way to remove the organ will be used, putting the health of the donor second. Another issue that would be presented is people will take patients off of life support earlier than they would otherwise if they are motivated by money.

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