Summary: Should Violent Felons Receive Organ Transplants

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Should Violent Felons receive Organ Transplants? In January 2002, 31-year-old felon, convicted for first-degree murder, evacuated and was hospitalizing at San Francisco University Medical Center for heart failure. In order for him to live, he had to receive a heart transplant. Since the hearts for transplantation are scarce, someone else will die for lack of a heart. The cost of health care that he receives for the heart transplant after leaving a hospital is about $1 million. As the guy recovered, he still had to serve 25 years to life in prison. There is a debate about whether the felons deserve organ transplantation. Most people would find it troubling that a criminal would get a major organ transplant while hundreds of law-abiding citizens who desperately need the organ, such as heart, kidney, liver, lung, and etc., are made to wait. National Kidney Foundation stated, “Over 95,000 U.S. patients are currently waiting for an organ transplant; nearly 4,000 new patients are added to the waiting list each month.” On the other hand, there is valid argument regarding convicted felons should receive organ transplants . This controversy is not new. Organ transplantation has…show more content…
However, Dr. Marc Stern pointed out in the article “Prison Inmate Awaits Organ Transplant” that the operation can be covered between $250,000 and $500,000. For each prison system, there are $80-million health care budget funded by the government. Some people eclaimed that prison It may not be enough money to pay for all the health bills. Most prison systems cannot afford huge bills within the heart transplantation. It is approximately a million dollars for health service. As for that, Sade declared “American prisons are in deep trouble: they are overpopulated, understaffed, and underfunded.” If the prisons ran out of the money, they could not come up with the money and no opportunities. In that circumstance, prisons would have to say no to the

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