Biomedical Example Essay

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Biomedical Example Linda HCS 335/ Ethics: Healthcare and Social Responsibility March 21, 2016. Biomedical Example Introduction Modern medicine and technology has made it possible for people with end-stage organ failure to stay alive while waiting for an organ transplant. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) database system established in 1999, is responsible for the equitable allocation of organs to potential recipients based on medical need (Fremgen, 2016, p. 275). Currently, there are over 121, 000 people on the organ waiting list here in the United States with approximately 15,000 donors in the past year (UNOS, 2016). Many of these people will die while waiting for a suitable donor organ. The large gap between the number of people on the waiting list and the number of available organs raises ethical issues as to whom these scarce resources will be allocated; and for those on the list, any system may seem inequitable when it comes down to a chance to live or the likelihood of imminent death (Steinbrook, 1997, p. 436). The National Organ Transplant Act made it unlawful to discriminate based on race, sex, ability to pay, or by virtue of favoritism due to social or celebrity status. The highest priority was thus given to the sickest of patients that had the best chance of survival or increased quality of life as a result of the transplant. Transplant surgeries are some of the most expensive procedures with liver transplants costing $250, 000 with an annual cost of $30,000 for immunosuppressant therapy (Fremgen, 2016). This paper is going to explore the ethical questions that surrounded the liver transplant granted to baseball great, Mickey Mantle, and whether he received his transplant because of medical need, or as a result of his notoriety and standing in American culture. Prior to making an ethical judgment or decision, all of the relevant

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