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Sale of human organs for transplants: Is an organ marketplace better than the alternatives?

  • Yes, but with limits

    With parts of organs that regenerate I do believe that a person should be entitled to compensation for the donation. People pay a great deal of money for these organs and not a single penny goes to the person giving it up especially when you consider the lost wages that come with just the recovery time. It's really no different than selling blood platelets.

    That being said, giving up whole organs or parts of organs that don't regenerate would be dangerous. If a person is facing mounting debts and could get out from under it by selling, say, their left eye they might just do it.

    I would also be concerned about body parts being treated as an asset. A compulsory sale should never be allowed and no parent should be allowed to sell their child's organ even if the child wants to do it and wants to keep the money.

    Of course, the issue will soon be moot anyway. An organ scaffolding can be 3D printed and seeded with cultured cells from the patient. These organs are not as efficient which is why it hasn't hit the market yet, but it's only a matter of time. Just like other body parts have already been used in this way.

  • Yes, it connects goods and services.

    Yes, the organ marketplace is better than the alternatives, because more organs would be donated. A person who needs a new heart does not care if the donor's family is donating for altruistic reasons, or if they are donating because they want cold hard cash. A marketplace would make everyone better off and ultimately result in more donations.

  • An organ marketplace would help diminish illegal trade in organs and make the sale of organs safer for those selling their organs

    An organ marketplace would help diminish illegal trade in organs and make the sale of organs safer for those selling their organs. The creation of an organ marketplace would allow for the proper testing and regulation of the organs. It would also create more certainty of an organs viability before it's arrival and create a safer more sanitary environment for both the harvest and the transplant of the organ.

  • Money Should Not Change Hands

    I believe the current system we have for organs is the best. People enter the list based on need and their name moves up and down the list, based on need. When an organ is available, the person who needs it the most, gets it. I think this system is the most humane option. I think creating a market place for organs or selling organs is a horrible idea.

  • Black Market Skyrockets

    If an organ marketplace is started, then a black market for human organs skyrockets. More and more people may be found dead simply because their organs are worth thousands, if not millions, of dollars to someone. The trick is to have various checks in place such as death certificates, even though something like that can be faked.

  • Organs should not be for sale.

    It you sell organs on a legitimate market it would make it so that only the richest of people could have access to organs for transplants, creating a huge income inequality gap of health care. Transplant organs should not just be for the highest bidder. It would make it so that rich people get better treatment.

  • no you should not

    An organ marketplace is unfair An organ marketplace is an unfair idea. Giving people the ability to buy organs would ensure that mostly the wealthy people in society would receive organs when needed. The people without adequate means to buy organs would go without and die. It is an unfair solution and could cause crime and other problems.

  • An organ marketplace is unfair

    An organ marketplace is an unfair idea. Giving people the ability to buy organs would ensure that mostly the wealthy people in society would receive organs when needed. The people without adequate means to buy organs would go without and die. It is an unfair solution and could cause crime and other problems.


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