Scalping, Kidneying, Waiting

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

This is sick.

Let's say I check "yes" on the organ donor section of my driver's license. I'm assuming should an accident happen that allows any vital organs to be saved, my beating heart will immediately be donated to someone who needs one.

There is a huge shady business going on in the medical world. Apparently, when someone becomes a potential organ donor, the hospital is required to contact federally identified organ brokers. The brokers harvest the donated organs and sell them off to desperate families for top dollar.

What's the big deal?

First of all, where does this money go? The Broker? The hospital? It's bogus that in the end, something that was supposed to be a donation ends up increasing insurance premiums and costing the organ donor's family (and everyone else!) more money. The money gained from these organs allegedly goes to pay for the transplant process, but the financial records of the nonprofit organizations are not available.

Secondly, we have no control over this process. It is federally mandated that these "nonprofit" brokers be contacted. (Why is the Federal government involved in this process?) What if I wanted my organs to go to someone freely? There's really no established avenue for that to happen.

Spain has the highest number of donors in the world. There are over 40,000 people in the US waiting for an organ and 1/3 of them will die waiting.

I'm not even sure what made me think of this...



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