Throughout the article “Organ Sales Will Save Lives”, her thesis statement is clear. Joanne believes that people should be allowed to donate their kidneys even if people believe that it is “morally wrong.” Throughout her entire article she restates her opinion that people should be able to sell kidney’s without consequences. In the article, she states why people believe that it shouldn’t be legal as well as people who do believe that it should be legal. Most people believe that it shouldn’t be legal for one reason, that it is morally wrong. She states several reasons why she believes that it should be legal. She believes that people should be able to donate their organs, as long as they know the side effects and the consequences before following through with the surgery.
Patients on the waiting list are in end-stage organ failure and have been evaluated by a transplant physician at hospitals in the U.S. where organ transplants are performed. Policies that dictate organ allocation are created and revised through a consensus-building process that involves UNOS committees and a board of directors, all composed of transplant physicians, government officials, specialists in immunology and experts in organ donation, as well as donor families, transplant recipients and members of the general public. Specifics of waiting list rules vary by organ.² The time patients spend on the heart transplant waiting list can last anywhere from days to months, and in some cases years, depending on listing status. The availability of a donor with matching blood type and body size also affects the wait time.
I find this issue compelling because I know it affects a lot of people. If this proposal actually went into effect, it would be much easier to receive help if you had a damaged organ. Organ transplants in the present day are very expensive even if you have health insurance with high coverage. Another problem is that some organs are so high in demand that there is a waiting list, on which patients can remain for months or years. Increasing the number of donated organs would increase the number of operations which in effect would bring down the expenses and eliminate organ waiting
The financial benefits given by kidney organ sale are sought after by those who need monetary provision.
Organ donation is currently the only successful way of saving the lives of patients with organ failure and other diseases that require a new organ altogether. According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services there is currently 122,566 patients both actively and passively on the transplant list. This number will continue to increase, in fact, every ten minutes another person is added to the list. Unfortunately, twenty-two of these people die while waiting for an organ on a daily basis. Each day, about eighty Americans receive a lifesaving organ transplant. We need a way to save these lives, and we have one: Organ donation. When you become an organ donor, you can saves the lives up to eight people. Controversy surrounds this option for many reasons, and some do not find this option to be ethical but most believe it is what God’s calls us to do. The Catholic sees it as love and charity.
(MacKay 120). MacKay describes dialysis as being , "shackled to a machine for the rest of their lives" (120) and her use of these words lets the reader visualize someone actually being shackled to a machine with death coming soon, unless they get a new kidney. It leaves the reader feeling that it is unfair and lets the reader feel the emotion and pain of having to endure dialysis for the rest of their lives. Matas agrees with MacKay because his research states that there is considerable evidence that shows that transplantation “significantly prolongs patient survival, as compared with dialysis” (2007).The reader is also able to feel the emotions of anger and sadness MacKay feels for the patients that suffer with kidney failure and the treatments they endure. According to MacKay’s research, in the year 2000, “2,583 Americans died while waiting for a kidney transplant” (120) and according to Matas, “over 6% of waiting candidates die annually” (2007). "With over 60,000 people in line in the United States alone, the average wait for a cadaverous kidney is ten long years" (120). As the reader can see, MacKay is very credible with stating factual statistics in regards to the urgent need of kidney donations and she has Matas to back her up with similar statistics. These statistics show the reader that MacKay’s argument is a strong
She cites an article from The Lancet explaining that even though donating a kidney is a risk, tons of people do risky things all of the time, from jobs to just pure pleasure. It does not make sense for the government to ban something that is a risk because they need to do it to sustain life.
Despite the increasing number of donor designations in the past few years, a shortage still exists in donors. There are nearly 100,000 people waiting patiently on organ transplant waiting lists, but sadly, on an average day, less than 80 people receive donor organs and approximately 19 die waiting for transplants. Even with
People die everyday waiting and hoping to get the call about finding a match for a kidney so that they can have a kidney transplant done. Those who are suffering from end-stage renal disease would do just about anything for the chance at getting a new kidney. Most people
The money they get then goes toward food, clothing, and everything they need to support their family. MacKay shows emotional appeal in this regard; however, MacKay’s counterargument states that donating a kidney may be very risky. Although, not risky enough to be outlawed. A quote in The Lancet. states “If rich are free to engage in dangerous sports for pleasure, or dangerous jobs for high pay, it is difficult to see why the poor who take the lesser risk of kidney selling for greater rewards… should be thought so misguided as to need saving from themselves” (Radcliffe-Richards et al. 1951). MacKay put this in her article to make a point, if people can endanger themselves by doing everyday things then why should something that can help your well-being and health be outlawed?
Critics often argue that people can already be matched up perfectly by donating organs. Although by donating organs people have the possibility of never receiving the organ, if we sell organs people can put exactly what blood type, the organ condition, and more by selling them and never have the chance of it getting taken by another person in critical condition. For example, Dimitri Linde a writer at the Wall Street Journal, illustrates, “Additionally, by working with living donors, these matching services furnish kidneys that endure, on average, twice as long as equally compatible cadaver transplants.” (Linde paragraph 8) Linde is trying to point out that living donors are better than dead ones, which give you much more time to keep the organ fresh till use. For example, every human has two kidneys if you are willing to sell a kidney the chances of the transplant working for the person in need is higher because it is an alive organ. Linde also states, “The recipient 's health insurance incurs the expense of the donor 's pre-op, surgery and post-op recovery, as well as any unanticipated complications in the following year.” (Linde paragraph 11) This means that if people have a problem after being matched up with an organ health insurance pays for everything else so they could help with payments for the alive organ. In his article, "Brain Death and Organ Donation,”James DuBois, a writer for the magazine “America” confirms, “An organ that has been deprived of oxygen sufficiently long will die, and it is medically impossible to change dead brain cells to living brain cells.” (DuBois paragraph 7) Basically, DuBois is emphasizing that an organ that does not have much oxygen left to live on, will die, so by using living organs will be a beneficiary. In summary, it is absolutely essential that
The effects and outcomes from those in need of a transplant are quite impressive. As of August 2017, 116,000 men, women, and children were on the national transplant waiting list. Within 2016, 33,611 transplants were performed, these statistics show the large percentage of how unlikely it is for thousands of people to not receive a transplant. Expanding further into the waitlist, about every 10 minutes another person is added to the waiting list and 20 people die each day waiting (Organ Donor, n.d.). From examining these statistics, it appears as the ratio of those receiving and waiting is very uneven. Due to
How do you feel when you have to wait for something you really, really want? What if it was something you couldn’t live without? I will talk about organ donation and hope that you will take my veiws on organ donation on board and give someone the most amazing gift after you have passed away, the gift of life. At this moment in the US there are 84 000 U.S patients waiting for an organ transplant. The number of people on the waiting list is increasing every day. You probably think that 84,000 aren’t that many people, compared to the U.S. population which is close to 300 million, but what if it’s your friends and family on the organ transplatwaiting list? There might be somebody you know on the waitning list for organ transplatation.
Although there is this second option, today the cost of dialysis treatment is significantly higher than the cost of kidney transplant (A.J. Ghods & S. Savaj, october 2006). That leaves transplantation as the most logical option, but demand for renal replacement therapy (RRT) will keep on rising. Take the United States for instance, in 2003 a number of 360,000 people who had end stage renal disease (ESRD) were on renal replacement therapy. This number will rise to 650,000 according to a recent forecast. However, not everyone can afford these kinds of expenses. As Arrigo Schieppati and Giuseppe Remuzzi said in their article Chronic renal diseases as a public health problem: Epidemiology, social, and economic implications (Bergamo, 2005) “The prevalence rate of RRT is 644 patients per million people in the 15 countries of the European Union , where the average gross income is over US $22,000 per capita, as compared with a prevalence rate of 166 patients per million population in Central and Eastern European countries, where the average per capita income is US $4480.” This suggests a significant impact of wealth on prevalance rate of RRT. In general, capitalistic countries have a higher income per capita and better access to