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originally posted by: OtherSideOfTheCoin
a reply to: icanteven
Are you in favor of organ donors getting prioritized over non donors?
I think it should be a consideration when deciding who is most suitable for the organ.
That is to say that if it comes down to picking between two people one who was a organ donor and the other who was not, then it should go to the one on the organ donor register.
That is not quite the same as saying they have absolute priority, the ethics of this are very difficult. Say for example someone is going to die in the next month with out a new heart, they should still have priority over the people who are on the register.
All I am saying is that it think it should be a considering factor, not the biggest factor but just something to be considered.
originally posted by: Baldryck
One should always give without expectation. It should not matter if someone is a donor or not to receive.
What about people who only wish to donate certain organs and not others?
it’s not clear that an opt-out system gets more donations — other countries such as the Netherlands that have implemented the system haven’t improved their transplant rate, he adds. More importantly, another thing that would have to change is who pays to care for dying patients.
In places like Spain that have a single-payer healthcare system, healthcare providers might move a dying patient to the intensive care unit, increasing the level of care before they are braindead with an eye towards preparing their organs to be donated.
originally posted by: schuyler
Practically speaking, it doesn't make much sense. People who need organs are usually not in a position to donate. They're too sick or too old. Their bodies are compromise. You want to make decisions based on your philosophical stance. That's ethically questionable right there.
Now yes I know that for some people due to their specific condition they may just have never been able to get on the donor register and yes I also know that Medical need should come first.
"In Australia organ and tissue donation is recognised as an altruistic decision, it is not forced upon the community," she said...
Transplant Australia chief executive Chris Thomas said "compulsorily acquiring" ran the risk of "turning what is one of the most altruistic acts into a system of mistrust and misunderstanding".
"Whilst it is part of the increased donation rate in Croatia, it has not assisted Greece which has one of the lowest donation rates in the world," the spokeswoman said.
But the OTA said there was no evidence in Australia or internationally that an opt-out system led to an increased rate of organ donation.