Closing the Organ Gap: A Reciprocity-Based Social Contract Approach

Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 34 (2):415-423 (2006)
Organ transplantation has become a proven, cost-effective lifesaving treatment, but its promise is contingent on the number of available organs. The growing gap between the demand and supply results in unnecessary loss and diminished quality of life as well as high costs for surviving patients and health insurers. Twenty years after the enactment of the National Organ Transplantation Act, it is time to rethink the moral basis and overall design of organ transplantation policy. We propose a national plan for organ transplantation insurance under which the federal government would assume responsibility for increasing the organ supply and would cover all costs associated with transplantation for patients not otherwise covered
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DOI 10.1111/j.1748-720X.2006.00048.x
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