Live Organ Imperative Essay

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Chris Hines 15th February 2011 Live organ imperative The keys points that I have identified from the article are: unbridled and unregulated global market in organs, unnecessary and wasteful lost of life caused by the global shortage of donor organs. Regulated market for live donor organ, death or dialysis. Paid donors at the expense of voluntary donors. Incomplete details on the level of risk. “The most disadvantaged” people who would sell parts of their bodies. Some fear that the rich will queue-jump. There are some relevant links/ implications for social work that I have identified. For example, Social workers would have to deal with the social problems which arrive from the unbridled and unregulated global market in organ. This could result in crimes where by people may be killed for their organs or sometimes force to sell organs to pay their bills. If there was a regulated market it would ease the unnecessary and wasteful loss of lives caused by the global shortage of donor organs, in many cases there would be no need for the long term use of dialysis as relatives of a person suffering from kidney failure would be able to purchase for them the matching kidneys they need to survive. The down side to a regulated market is the idea of money been exchange for people’s organs. People who donate their organs would have normally done it from the kindness of their heart, while people who would be selling their organs may do it out of desperation with the incomplete details on the level of risk. Also because it involves money only the rich would benefit, as the poor in most cases would not be able to afford to pay for organs, or the rich may queue jump which could form a two tier
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