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Ethics of Organ Allocation

Title: Ethics of Organ Allocation: A Consequentialist Approach.
Name(s): Massengill, Danae, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2013
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: With the demand for organ transplantation greatly outweighing the supply of donated organs, two current ethical issues surround how to increase the number of available organs and how to allocate the organs upon donation. In this paper, I focus on the current organ allocation system and ways to amend the process. I suggest that the process should place the strongest consideration on the consequentialist principle in order that the best candidate is in receipt of the transplanted organ, which then increases the overall survival rate of the transplant. This approach maximizes the utility of the organ and the efficiency of the system as it increases the success rate and decreases the rejection rate of the transplanted organ. In order to accomplish this, the system should prioritize the likelihood for success after transplantation as opposed to current factors such as medical urgency, distance between organ donor and recipient, time on waiting list and previous donor status. Additionally, low priority should be given to individuals that harbor responsibility for their current medical condition and financial hardship should not limit access to transplantation. I conclude that these criteria should be treated with the heaviest weight, but other factors should not be completely ignored.
Identifier: FSU_migr_phi2630-0009 (IID)
Keywords: organ allocation, ethics, consequentialist
Note: © 2013, Danae Massengill
Subject(s): Allocation of organs, tissues, etc.
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Ethical Issues and Life Choices (PHI2630).

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Massengill, D. (2013). Ethics of Organ Allocation: A Consequentialist Approach. Retrieved from