RANT: Organ transplants suffer front he lack of a free market


Parents of dying 10-year-old girl challenge organ donor rule blocking her from lung transplant
Published May 27, 2013

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Politicians and bureaucrats make diktats. 

It’s why we should have a marketplace.

May sound ghoulish, but it’s the only fair way to do things.

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2 Responses to RANT: Organ transplants suffer front he lack of a free market

  1. reinkefj says:

    I know that the current system favors “the rich” anyway. And, the failure to allow a family to “sell” their deceased relative’s organs mean that humanity is “burying” or “burning” tissue that another human being needs to live. Of course, there are moral and ethical issue to be solved, but the current system is worse than a marketplace. Because there is ALWAYS a black market. We have so much to learn, but our own stupidity gets in the way of solutions. (IMHO)

  2. John, I don’t know exactly what you mean by a “Free Market,” but I’m not sure how great it would be to have a situation where the richer folks in the world could just harvest a bunch of organs from the poorer folks who need money. It would almost inevitably end up with a situation of “Well, we don’t REALLY need to help those poor folks. If they’re in THAT big a ditch, they should just hoc a kidney or maybe their left eye. After all, y’only need one, right?”

    Plus, I don’t know if you’ve ever read the classic 1970’s sci-fi collection, “Dangerous Visions” (If not, I’d **HIGHLY** recommend it for some truly creative stories!) but one of the tales involved someone about to be executed while their organs would be turned over to the wealthy “good citizens.”

    To make the point here I have to sort of give a spoiler: the crime the guy is being executed for is, in present-day terms, less heinous than smoking in a no-smoking zone.

    So is there anything wrong with harvesting organs from condemned criminals? Y’wouldn’t think so, right? But then think about where it can lead.

    – MJM

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