Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Selling A Kidney: Utilitarianism and Health

Sell a kidney is the "radical" idea to save people who need kidney transplants, reports the Wall Street Journal. It's an interesting, if not very original, idea. It's also fairly easy to predict the consequences of allowing kidney sales because it's what already happens with sales of other, um, body parts and by-products:

  1. College students would have another income stream besides plasma donation, sperm donation, egg donation, biopsy donation (medical experiments), psychology experiments, etc. As it is, their youth, vitality, idealism, and ignorance get exploited to help the world.
  2. Poor people would sell kidneys to make money.
  3. The market would have more kidneys.
  4. Less sick people will die.
  5. More people will die when they get older and their own ill health kicks in and they only have one kidney.
  6. There will be a backlash.
  7. People will stop donating and/or selling kidneys.
Number 7 will happen a generation or so from now. Maybe. One doctor is all for creating a free market kidney solution. His friend thinks it's a bad idea:

Among his opponents on the issue is a friend and colleague, Francis Delmonico. A Harvard University professor who has played a central role in shaping national transplant policy, the 62-year-old physician has several objections to organ sales. He fears such a system would attract the poor, vulnerable and unhealthy, and that altruistic donations might wither away.

"Payments eventually result in the exploitation of the individual," says Dr. Delmonico, who also worries about encouraging black-market sales both here and in developing countries. "It's the poor person who sells."

This would be my position. One might object, but you don't have a kidney problem. True enough. But I worry about the exploitation of people and to me, that seems inevitable. The greater concern, and it's one seldom looked at, is the effect that creating an organ market will have on society as a whole. To me, it will make the moral boundaries even more ambiguous.

Selling organs will commoditize (if that's a word) life.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't know about this one. I can see this going in directions that would be very dangerous.

Frank said...

what if your not poor or exploited and you still want to sell a kidney? To help someone or for money. It's the indavidual's choice. I would sell my kidney to the right person and the right price!

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Kimutai said...

Hello,
Am a Kenyan male aged 30 and giving out one of my kidney in exchange for some compensation.
I neither drink alcohol nor smoke and have never done drugs. Willing to travel for the procedure.
Asking for about US $33,000 or thereabouts.

If interested contact me via kidney4u@ymail.com

ramakant said...

Hi i am Ramakant from India ready to donate my Kidney Blood Group A -ve contact me on 09028016171 or my mail kidneydonor40@yahoo.com

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Irrua Specialist Special Hospital said...

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Do you want to buy or sell your kidney?, Are you seeking for an opportunity to sell your kidney for money due to financial break down and you don’t know what to do, then contact us today and we shall offer you good amount of money for your Kidney we specialize for top class medical treatment like Heart Surgery, Cancer Care, Spinal fusion surgery , sleeve mastectomy surgery , and other major surgeries. contact us now via: irruaspecialistspecialhospital@gmail.com with the follow details below,

name:
country:
phone number:

Good luck to you.

Best Regard,
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