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Pro/Con Selling Organs

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Rachel Peers

on 16 November 2012

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Transcript of Pro/Con Selling Organs

Pros Dialysis costs billions of dollars more than transplantation; thus more transplants would keep more people alive and prove to be more economical.
Ideally, a donor might receive around $5,000.
A market would prevent desperate patients from being cheated or from paying thousands of dollars more than they might have to when purchasing from the black market. Side One: Selling human organs should be legal If legalized, a market would allow licensed professionals to evaluate donor-patient compatibility.
The amount of Americans waiting for a transplant outnumbers the amount of donors by about four to one.
Every day, about 18 people die because they are waiting for an organ.
There are several organs or tissues that can be donated as a part or a whole without any safety risk to the donor. Background Info. Side two: Selling human organs should remain illegal. Cons According to many doctors and surgeons, it would be impossible to regulate an organ market.
A market also might encourage "transplant tourism," which is when people travel to a foreign country in order to receive a transplant.
Legalizing a market would produce further debate about prices based on age, health, etc. Should it be legal
to sell one's organs? Organ transplantation is the surgical removal and transfer of an organ from one body to another
Most organ donations come from people that have already died.
Living people can donate part of the lung, liver, intestines, or pancreas
When someone needs an organ transplant, they are put on a waiting list. They then wait for an available organ. A market for organs would benefit the wealthy but pressure the very poor to potentially sacrifice their own health.
The amount of payment could vary and might not be very significant, which means people's health would be at risk for little gain.
Many, if not most donors would probably lose a portion of their compensation which would go to a broker who arranges the transplant. Cons For many Americans, it might be more difficult to obtain an organ because most donors would not want to donate if they could sell.
Selling body parts could be very demeaning and cause some people to think of their body as a means to make a profit.
Side One: Works Cited
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www.latimes.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2012.
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Nov. 2012.
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www.womenshealth.gov. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2012. Side Two: Do you think it would be worth it to donate an organ or part of an organ for money? Do you think it would be more fair for people to be able to pay donors, which would save many more lives?
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