Challenging the status quo

Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 6 (2):235-237 (2009)

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Dominic Wilkinson
Oxford University
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Harold Jaffe argues that we should adopt opt-out testing for HIV. There are paternalistic and utilitarian arguments for such an approach. In this commentary I draw attention to some similarities between his arguments and debates about opt-out systems of organ donation. I argue that the status quo bias provides both part of the reason that opt-out approaches work, and an explanation for why such approaches are sometimes resisted.
Keywords Organ transplantation/ethics  Ethics, medical  HIV  Tissue and organ procurement/ethics
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DOI 10.1007/s11673-009-9148-3
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