The Organ Shortage Crisis in the United States Research Paper

The Organ Shortage Crisis in the United States
An examination of the importance of organ donation and the challenges encountered by those who seek a donated organ.
# 129043 | 4,312 words | 13 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 27, 2010 in Medical and Health (Public Health Issues) , Ethics (General)

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This paper explores and analyzes the field of organ donation, opening with the statement that everyone has the ability to save or improve the quality of life for up to 50 people. The paper launches into a brief history and background of organ transplants, including the first successful organ transplants. The paper explains that the organ shortage has been a growing crisis in the US for decades, and the amount of people who are fighting for their lives while waiting on an organ to become available has greatly increased. To address the shortage, the paper suggests creating more educational programs that highlight the seriousness of the organ shortage crisis; encouraging individuals to register as organ donors; and increasing public exposure to the facts of organ donation. The paper also opines that the government should pass a presumed consent law, stating that other medically advanced countries have switched to presumed consent and it has proven to be highly effective in saving lives. The paper notes that economic research shows donor participation and registration would increase significantly if monetary incentives were given to donors. Finally, the paper concludes that the important issue at hand should not be ethics or others' feelings, but rather the lives of the people who are affected by this crisis.

From the Paper:

"The ethical issues surrounding financial incentives to increase organ donation revolve around the idea that it will eliminate the altruistic nature of the current donor system in which donations are not driven by any selfish reasoning. One problem with that rationale is if a son or daughter donates his or her kidney to save a parent, is he or she actually committing a pure act of altruism or is there a subconscious motivator, such as not wanting to see the parent die or possibly increasing one's sense of self-worth? If there is any external or internal reward for an act, then it cannot be deemed altruistic."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • About Organ Donation." Nursing 39.7 (2009): 18. July 2009. Web. 2 July 2010.
  • Brezina, Corona. Organ Donation: Risks, Rewards, and Research. New York: Rosen Group, 2010. Print.
  • "Data." United Network for Organ Sharing, 25 June 2010. Web. 1 July 2010.
  • Gupta, Sanjay. "A Better Way to Give A Heart." Time. 10 Dec. 2001. Web. 2 July 2010.
  • Hansen, Brian. "Organ Shortage." CQ Researcher 13.7 (2003): 1-24. 21 Feb. 2003. Web. 2 July 2010.

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