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Business Proposal 1 Running head: BUSINESS PROPOSAL Business Proposal Learning Team B (Daryl Adams Sr, Eleanor Aquino, Cynthia Stulp, Christopher Wall) University of Phoenix ECO/HC 561 - Economics in Health Care November 30, 2009
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Business Proposal Thousands of patients die yearly because they need an organ transplant. The shortage of organ donors keeps transplant recipients from getting the organs needed to stay alive. It is illegal for a donor to receive compensation for the organ or organs donated. The supply and demand of organs fueled much debate about the black market and the illegal sale of human organs. This paper discusses the scarcity of organ donors and choices donors have to make in the human organ market. Economic Flow According to Jacobs and Rapoport (2004), “Economic flows can involve both money and services. Generally, a flow will summarize a transaction in which a service or commodity is exchanged for money. Such transactions occur in simple markets, with the degree of concentration influencing the terms of the exchange.” However, the market for organ donation and organ transplant in health care market is quite different and complex because human organs cannot just be classified as a commodity that can be easily bought or sold. At present and legally speaking, human organs can only be acquired through a donation system either from a deceased or living person. That makes the supply of human organs for transplant to be extremely scarce because there are only few people who are willing to be donors of organs. This is because for some people donating organs involves ethical or religious issues (Cherry, 2005). The economic flows in this market of human organs became more complicated with the rise of the black market, in which the organ is acquired from a living donor, in exchange for an amount of money. Unfortunately, because this kind of transaction is being done through middlemen or brokers, the larger part of the money goes to the middlemen instead of the donor.
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