United States - Ethical issues and debate
Allocation of deceased donor organs to non-US citizens
The allocation of organs procured from altruistic deceased donors in the United States to wealthy foreigners who travel to the country specifically for the purpose of organ transplantation raises serious ethical concerns about justice. (See Why is it Legal... below) Nevertheless, access is often provided to foreign patients for admirable reasons, for example to save the lives of children who have no hope of obtaining a transplant in their own country (See Foreigners, desperate...).
It's important to remember that the number of foreigners who obtain a transplant in this way is very small - only 38 in 2013. Most organs donated by residents of the United States are allocated to fellow residents of the country, not wealthy foreigners.
The recent change in UNOS policy provides critical transparency that will help to inform professionals and the public. The transparency of data will support efforts to ensure that organs are shared within societies that help contribute to meeting needs for transplantation through donation. (See Organ Transplantation for nonresidents...)