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30 Americans Die Each Day Due to Organ Shortage

Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 01:36 PM


When President Ronald Reagan signed the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) thirty years ago, experts hoped it would end a shortage of donor organs. Unfortunately, that didn't happen, and today more than 120,000 Americans are on waiting lists. The need for donor organs is expected to grow, with a need for kidneys topping the list.

So, asks the Washington Post, is it time to pay donors? Currently about 30 Americans die each day from the lack of organs or become too ill to withstand a transplant. Keeping patients alive while they await an organ is also expensive. Kidney dialysis is covered under Medicare, and that single benefit cost the government more than $34 billion in 2011 alone.

One proposal to ease the shortage is to adopt the European standard: Instead of agreeing to be organ donors and signing papers to that effect, which is the current policy in the United States, there would be an automatic presumption of donation at death.

But the Washington Post quotes Tom Mone, chief executive of OneLegacy, the nation's largest organ organization, who says, “The recovery rate for deceased donors in the United States is actually better than that of European nations with presumed consent laws. The United States rigorously follows individual donor registrations whereas presumed consent countries actually defer to family objections.”

Regardless, most deceased people don't meet medical requirements to donate organs — less than 1 percent — and among that group, 75 percent already donate.

There's no shortage of eggs, sperm, and blood plasma — all paid for. So, is the answer to pay donors for their life-saving organs?

To read the entire Washington Post article, go here.

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When President Ronald Reagan signed the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) thirty years ago, experts hoped it would end a shortage of donor organs. Unfortunately, that didn't happen, and today more than 120,000 Americans are on waiting lists. The need for donor organs is...
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