Join the Club: A Modest Proposal to Increase Availability of Donor Organs
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1995 Aug; 21(4): 199-204.
The shortage of suitable donor organs is the most significant single limiting factor in transplant programmes. More lives could be saved or immeasurably improved if more organs were available. I look at two traditional solutions to the shortfall, and suggest that they are ineffective and/or offensive, and consider the features common to any answer to the problem. I then suggest a third solution: that admission to future transplant lists be conditional on registration as a potential organ donor, outlining its benefits, and defending it against one possible objection.
Altruism; Autonomy; Biomedical Technologies; Cadavers; Coercion; Common Good; Contracts; Consent; Donors; Family Members; Informed Consent; Justice; Moral Policy; Organ Donation; Organ Donors; Organ Transplantation; Policy Analysis; Presumed Consent; Public Policy; Remuneration; Required Request; Resource Allocation; Scarcity; Selection for Treatment; Standards; Tissue Donation; Tissue Transplantation; Transplantation; Volunteers;
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