Join the Lone Kidney Club: incentivising live organ donation.

Abstract:

:Given the dramatic shortage of transplantable organs, demand cannot be met by established and envisioned organ procurement policies targeting postmortem donation. Live organ donation (LOD) is a medically attractive option, and ethically permissible if informed consent is given and donor beneficence balances recipient non-maleficence. Only a few legal and regulatory frameworks incentivise LOD, with the key exception of Israel's Organ Transplant Law, which has produced significant improvements in organ donation rates. Therefore, I propose an organ procurement system that incentivises LOD by allocating additional priority points to the living donor on any transplant waiting list. I outline benefits and challenges for potential recipients, donors and society at large, and suggest measures to ensure medical protection of marginalised patient groups.

journal_name

J Med Ethics

authors

Glas A

doi

10.1136/medethics-2019-105999

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2020-02-14 00:00:00

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0306-6800

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1473-4257

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medethics-2019-105999

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