The Ethical Issues Involved For Medicare Funded Organ Transplants

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Describe and evaluate the ethical issues involved in Medicare-funded organ transplants. When the dialysis machine was discovered in 1960, there have been hopes that
Patients with renal impairment should have a life prolonging care. For patients with renal impairment were a matter of life and death and all were willing to pay the amount it does not matter what you get dialysis. Soon, it became a controversial issue when it was realized that the demand exceeds supply and the equitable distribution of the few dialysis machines
Available became controversial. While the question of the dialysis machine is still controversial, the health system was caught in another ethical dilemma regarding organ transplantation. Organ transplantation is closely linked to the issue of cleanliness because patients with kidney failure can get an organ transplant as an alternative to hemodialysis. The issue is complicated by the fact Medicare is financed by organ transplant, and there are those who believe that the distribution of rare transplant is not right. There are thousands of terminal patients whose lives can be saved by organ transplantation, but there are no formulas of work that can be used to determine which of the thousands of patients will be given priority. It is left to the discretion of medical officers to decide who is worth saving. The ability to keep someone alive by replacing one or more of their major organs is a splendid achievement of medicine of the 20th century.…
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