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Experts: Trump's Organ Donation Order Saves Lives — and Money

a graphic shows a white organ kit with the words 'human organ for transplant' on the front in red letters
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By    |   Thursday, 11 July 2019 02:18 PM

President Donald Trump's executive order regarding organ donation will have a positive impact on the U.S. economy and will save lives, two experts argue in a new opinion piece.

Alvin E. Roth, a Stanford University professor and 2012 Nobel Prize winner, and Greg Segal, an entrepreneur and progressive activist, wrote a piece for CNN in which they applauded Trump's order.

"With 33 people dying each day for lack of an organ, according to data analyzed by the Washington Post, this system needs to work better for patients," they wrote. "The demand for organs far outstrips the supply, leading to long waiting lists, huge bills for medical interventions like dialysis, and anguished families.

"The changes enacted by the Trump administration's order will not only increase the number of available organs, they also will hold accountable the organizations responsible for making sure organs get to the recipients who desperately need them."

Those changes include the government paying the relevant medical expenses of living donors of kidneys and portions of their livers, which will make it easier for people to help others by way of organ donation.

The authors claimed that federal government spending to cover Americans' kidney dialysis and kidney disease treatments is a combined $147 billion. Once the government steps in to cover some costs related to donation, that figure will drop — and the combined cost with donations will still be lower than it is now.

"We may live to see a day when transplantation of human organs is no longer needed because we will have learned how to grow new organs from stem cells or have found cures for diseases that cause organ failure. But for everyone who needs a transplant today, fixing the nation's organ donation system is the only thing that can save their lives now," Roth and Segal wrote.

"The Trump administration has a chance to score a win for both patients and taxpayers alike by ensuring that the critical reforms announced today are implemented this year. Lives depend on it."

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President Donald Trump's executive order regarding organ donation will have a positive impact on the U.S. economy and will save lives, two experts argue in a new opinion piece.
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