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We shouldn't treat kidneys as commodities

LA TimesLOS ANGELES TIMES | June 30, 2014
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Tens of thousands of Americans are waiting for a kidney transplant. The gap between the demand for donated kidneys and the supply creates a situation that free-market cheerleaders can't bear to leave alone: People have two kidneys, so why not end our shortage of organs for transplantation by adopting a "cash for kidneys" program in place of the current law against organ sales? Gary Becker, a Nobel laureate in economics, calculated that putting a $15,000 price tag on donated kidneys would generate enough sellers to meet current needs.

But buying and selling organs is a dangerous and misguided game, no matter how exalted the theorists playing it or how seemingly straightforward their calculations...

Nepal's Organ Trail: How traffickers steal kidneys

CNN kidney vendor NepaliCNN | June 26, 2014
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Kathmandu, Nepal -- On the streets of Kathmandu, the sight of people begging for kidney treatment has become common.

The capital of Nepal is no different from many places in the world where aging populations, poor diets and no health insurance systems mean increased organ disease.

The organ in highest demand is the kidney and black market traffickers are meeting that demand. Up to 7,000 kidneys are obtained illegally every year, according to a report by Global Financial Integrity...

CCSS al fin enlaza hospitales para priorizar los trasplantes

Costa Rica flagLa Nación | June 14, 2014

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María Fernanda Monge Montero recibió un hígado el 11 de marzo, gracias a que el Hospital Calderón Guardia avisó de la aparición de un donante para esta paciente del Hospital San Juan de Dios.

El trasplante para atender la falla hepática fulminante, que ella sufría, estuvo a cargo del equipo del Hospital México.

La coordinación fue posible gracias a la clasificación de potenciales receptores de órganos creado por la Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), como una de las medidas para organizar el sistema de donación y trasplante en los 29 centros médicos públicos.


Shortage of organs leading to increased human trafficking, warns UN expert

Organ shortage leads to trafficking UNUN.GIFT.HUB | OCTOBER 28, 2013
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(OHCHR) -   A growing number of people are exploited and compelled by need or by force to provide organs for transplantation to people within their own countries or abroad, the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, warned on Friday.


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