More Kidneys

More Kidneys - significantly though not exclusively on the concept of"net benefit" which seeks to give kidneys first to those who will

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Picking Winners: More Kidneys For Transplants May Go to Young --- Policy to Stress Benefit To Patient Over Length Of Time on Wait List By Laura Meckler 10 March 2007 The Wall Street Journal (Copyright (c) 2007, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.) The nation's organ-transplant network is preparing a major change in how it rations scarce kidneys that would favor young patients over old in an effort to wring more life out of donated organs. Today, a donated kidney generally goes to the person who has been waiting longest in the region in which it becomes available, with exceptions made for certain medical factors. A kidney from a 25-year-old donor could be transplanted into a 75-year-old, who is likely to die years before the kidney would have stopped working. The new policy is being developed by the United Network for Organ Sharing, the nonprofit body that develops organ-distribution policy under a government contract. Surgeons and others leading the process expect the final proposal will rely
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Unformatted text preview: significantly -- though not exclusively -- on the concept of "net benefit," which seeks to give kidneys first to those who will benefit most from them. "Waiting time is arbitrary," said Alan Leichtman, a University of Michigan kidney doctor helping to craft the policy. "It seems like a real shame that we're not being better stewards of the organs." The concept is gaining traction among transplant doctors but creating anxiety for some patients and surgeons who worry the new system won't be fair to all. "Is it correct or permissible for the system to say the five or six more years of life that a 60-year-old is going to get are less valuable, less important than the 15 more years of life the 30-year-old is going to get?" asked Richard Freeman, a transplant surgeon at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston. Question: The concept of “net benefit” appears to be most closely related to what ethical system? Profit maximization...
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