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When Altruism Isn't Enough: The Case for Compensating Kidney Donors Paperback – January 16, 2009
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Arthur J. Matas then discusses the risks to kidney donors, which turn out to be minimal. As a reasonable person, this would be my largest concern. But it turns out that most healthy people have plenty of kidney capacity with one and those who have donated over the decades have not hard significantly increased adverse outcomes.
Huang, Thankur, and Meltzer then tackle the cost effectiveness of renal transplants by comparing it to no treatment, hemodialysis, and what this might mean to the valuation of a kidney. Julio J. Elias provides a framework for a compensation system. This is obviously more for providing something reasonable to discuss than as a final proposal.
James Stacey Taylor and Mary C. Simmerling deal with the reasonable objections:
-Will a legal market create a black market?
-People will be coerced into donating.
-People will fake their eligibility for donation to get money.
-The poor will be exploited to save the wealthy.
-Because of subsequent health problems, donors will be actually be worse off.
-Compensation will actually lead to fewer organs becoming availability.
Satel comes back with a chapter dealing with the issues of human dignity, the way money taints donation, and the romaticization of altruism.Read more ›
Organ donation,much like assisted-suicide,is a hot-button issue where lawmakers tend to vacillate and fall behind the learning curve.This de-synchronization leads to poor legislation that in turn has potentially deleterious consequences.
Altruism is a kind gesture without any shadow of doubt,but then a kind gesture isn't enough to inform judicious decision making about public policy.
Dr.Satel assiduously explains the pitfalls of relying on altruism alone when it comes to organ donation,her experience being organic and based on a thorough understanding of reality.She clarifies the subject and offers a panacea.
The irrefutable indispensability of Dr. Satel's research cannot be brought into question-this book is a must-read.
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Over the holidays, I finished "When Altruism Isn't Enough," which lays out the case for compensating living donors and describes a couple of possible systems for doing that. Read morePublished on January 10, 2010 by Jill Matrix
I came looking for honest debate on the issue and I left feeling cheated. There is nothing new presented, just the same old unproven theory that the authors' good intentions will... Read morePublished on July 29, 2009 by T. A. Falsey