The Pros And Cons Of Organ Transplantation

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Ever since mid-20th century organ transplantation is the only hope for survival of millions of patients worldwide. It is the reason why 30,000 patients from USA in 2015 began their new lives. Even thought advances in medicine have made organ transplantation easier to perform than ever before, the demand for organs is greatly exceeding the supply which is the reason for very long ‘waiting lists’. The evidence of the complexity of situation is the sad fact that 22 people in USA and 8 people in the UK die each day while waiting for an organ they need. The very complex and highly sensitive nature of organ transplantation tackles various moral, ethical and cultural issues which significantly affect life of an individual. Beside the rapid developments in science and medical methodology and technology, economics also seeks to provide…show more content…
But personally I think that society as a whole would greatly benefit from the decision to provide financial incentives for organ donation. Not only that millions of lives would be saved, but also millions of new ones would be created. The best example showing that the system of providing financial incentives really does help is Iran which started paying unrelated living donors for their kidneys in 1988. 11 years after implementation this country has managed to eliminate their kidney-transplant waiting lists which has not been achieved by any other country. Additionally, research has shown that “over 20 years, the expected savings to the health system of getting a kidney versus staying on dialysis are about $95,000”, thus this money that would be saved could be used on disease prevention or invested in improving organ transplantation process. Finally, legalizing the use of financial incentives would contribute to elimination of illegal market for human organs which exploits them from countries such as Bangladesh and

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