Last edited by rivrrat; 12-22-09 at 03:44 PM.
1) Sourcing - controlling the sources of organs. Since the black market for organs is not really present in, say, North America, I would foresee it being created once a price incentive for organs exists. You promote hospitals as the middle men, but that's unethical from every medical standpoint I can think of. Give me a better option.
2) Pricing - while you are correct about the nature of supply, I don't think it could apply to organs. Just because all people have organs, does not mean there is a liquid supply. Also, organs have a shelf life of about a day or less. There is nothing to prevent price gouging since there would be insufficient awareness of all available organs at all times to create an equilibrium price.
You can't determine market equilibrium prices on a good that goes bad in less than 24 hours, you can only rely on approximate pricing. Desperation would increase prices because sellers could knowingly gouge these people. In a normal supply/demand scenario, they would just go look for a cheaper alternative, but what if their relative is dying and needs it now? They would get gouged. It's unethical.
Legalization of the body parts trade is one type of legalization that would increase criminal behaviors. Once you add a price tag to organs people will do all manner of things to obtain them, and no institution, government or hospitals, will be able to stop all underground activity. They can't stop drugs or prostitution, how would they stop underground medical labs? Those labs won't exist if there is no domestic price for organs. Period.
I mean really. Look at the slippery slope factor here. It's not so neat and tidy.
I don't think a legal organ market will solve the shortages, it would simply reduce them while creating a host of other problems.
1.Organ must come from the same country as recipient. In other words no exporting or importing organs. This is to ensure that poor people in other countries are not exploited by richer countries.
2.The organ donor/organ donor's family must not know the recipient or the recipient's family and or associates and doctors and vise versa, unless of course the donor and recipient are close relatives.Even make sure the labs doing the compatibility not know who the recipient and donors are. So the selling of organs should be done by an anonymous as possible. This is to ensure that no one can exploit or extort the other for organs.
3.No organs of suicides and perhaps murder victims accepted. This is to ensure that no desperate person just offs himself or tries to have someone off him just because he wants his kids or wife to have a house.
4. There must no coerced(as a condition for a service received, job and or license requirement, incarceration and etc) or forced database of compatible matches. The right to privacy is important. There should be a law that would make it s criminal offense to make a coerced or forced database of compatible matches and a law making it illegal for a politician to try to reduced penalties or trying to make it legal.
5. Make it illegal to force and or coerce anyone to become a organ donor.
6.Make sure the doctors who do transplants are not way in any shape or form associated with doctors who regularly perform operations on organ donors to alleviate any fears that the doctor might be looking at you like a new Lexus and therefore might be inclined to tell your family that you didn't make it or that you slipped into a vegetative state.
7.Any sales or transactions must be done at the consent of the organ donor himself.The organ donor must sign a a will stating not only which organs he wants to sell should be die but who gets the proceeds.
If someone can profit from transplanting your organ into someone else then surely you should be able to profit as well.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
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