Financial Incentives on Organ Donation

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More than 100,000 men, women and children in need of life-saving organ transplants, every 10 minutes another person is added to the national organ transplant waiting list and averages of 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs. (donatelife.net) Organ transplants are very important because they replace the damaged organ and help the body function once again. There are still huge shortages of organs, even after awareness and other ways of educating the public. Some Americans are open to donating but many more are against it or unaware of the process which leaves many without organs and dying every day. The ongoing debate is whether to give financial incentives to organ donors to promote organ donation which would put a price…show more content…
By applying financial incentives to organ donation, we get rid of an extremely risky black market system that endangers the lives of thousands of transplants and donors. With the elimination of the black market through the application of financial incentives, a reliable organ donation system is created. People are more likely to give their organs in a regulated, reliable organ market. Michelle Goodwin, Everett Law Professor, further states, “Beyond increasing the supply of organs, incentives for organ sharing will likely benefit society in several meaningful ways. First, there is an incentive to avoid buying organs on the black market. Black market organ shopping has the advantage of a reduced wait time but exposes the purchasers and sellers to numerous health and social risks. Too many variables remain irresolvable; the sellers ' health histories cannot be confirmed, unfavorable past social conduct is unlikely to be disclosed, and there is no medical follow-up. Nor can the purchaser be sure that the seller is a voluntary participant in the transplant transaction.” (Goodwin 11) Greater reliability in a safer, legal market will inspire greater confidence, trust, and respect for the organ system and lead to many more organs donated and many more lives saved than our current systems. The current system for organ donation and transplants is very flawed and financial incentives could improve or completely get rid of the waiting list system. Thousands
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