Wednesday, March 15, 2006

automatic organ donors

Some people want everyone to be automatic organ donors unless they specifically opt out. I very much disagree. If you can’t show that you can afford the treatment to maintain the organ after it’s transplanted, you won’t get a transplant. Many people don’t have health insurance, and the percentage is growing. Even if you have insurance, it may not cover the immediate and continuing transplant costs. If we made people automatic organ donors unless they take action to prevent it, what we will have is the poor and working-class being used as organ donors by the more well-to-do people, while not being able to get organ transplants when they themselves need them.

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