The Current Organ Donation System

1482 Words Nov 30th, 2015 6 Pages
Every ten minutes, another person is added to the active wait list for an organ donation. That is six people every hour, 144 every day, and 1008 every week. Approximately 120 thousand people need an organ transplant to survive. Of all of those people, only 79 thousand people are on an active wait list, while only 20 thousand transplantations have been completed this year. There are not enough donors to meet the current organ demand, and of those that do donate organs, the costs incurred by the donor do not equal the benefits. The current organ donation system operates under subpar economical standards, and should be revised to allow trade of organs on the free market.
The best way to go about increasing the supply of organs able to be transplanted is to provide some sort of compensation. Tabarrok takes the stance that those who donate organs should be among the first to receive them, should the need arise. Tabarrok calls this a, “no-give no-take” rule. Organs should at the foremost be considered private property, owned by the prospective owner, not as a, “national resource,” (Tabarrok). Postrel suggests legal financial restitution for the organ donor. Such restitution could come by way of tax credit, or simply a sum of money. In today’s day and age, directed donations are refused, where it is viewed as, “unfair” for those still waiting (Postrel). Instead both patients should die because there were not enough organs on the market for everyone involved. A market where organs…
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