Friday, May 15, 2015

the tragic avoidable organ shortage

Recently the owner of the Ottawa Senators has appealed to the public for a liver.  It's not enough that the get our tax dollars for their stupid stadiums, apparently, these billionaires need our internal organs as well. In 2010 in Canada 229 peopled died waiting in vain for organs that never arrived. Their deaths, while tragic, were also entirely preventable. The problem is that we don't have a market in organs. In the market economy there are no shortages - the price simply goes up.  So why not allow those on dialysis to literally buy a kidney from any one of the millions of people who have a spare one hanging around and not enough cash? And why not allow offer cash incentives for individuals to add their names to the organ donor list? This would immediately increase the supply of organs available for transport, saving countless lives. Purchasing and selling kidney's is already legal in Iran and this model has resulted in an elimination of renal waiting lists while other nations which prohibit the sale and purchase of kidneys have not enjoyed this success.

It's time to come out of the dark ages and legalize an organ market.

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