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The organ shortage crisis in America : incentives, civic duty, and closing the gap

Author: Andrew Michael Flescher
Publisher: Washington, DC : Georgetown University Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Nearly 120,000 people are in need of healthy organs in the United States.. Every ten minutes a new name is added to this list, while each day eight people die waiting for an organ to become available. Worse, the gap between those in need of an organ and the number of available donors is growing: our traditional reliance on cadaveric organ donation is insufficient, and in recent years there has been a decline in the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Flescher, Andrew Michael, 1969- author.
Organ shortage crisis in America
Washington, DC : Georgetown University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017025225
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Michael Flescher
ISBN: 9781626165458 1626165459
OCLC Number: 988580833
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction : the organ shortage crisis in America --
Motivations for giving and especially precious goods --
Duty --
A word about the audience and purpose of this book --
Organization --
The case for legalizing the sale of organs --
Markets as a solution, if not a virtue --
Costs and equity --
"The tyranny of the gift" --
Financial incentives, libertarianism, and the black market --
Iran --
A legal, regulated market for organ trade --
Ethical concerns with legalizing the sale of organs --
The utility of utility --
Selling organs and society's impoverished --
Selling organs and public safety --
Commodification --
Moving from ethical to pragmatic considerations --
Organ donation, financial motivation, and civic duty --
Paying it forward --
Wolfenschiessen, Switzerland --
How buying a good changes a good --
The difference between lump sum incentives and compensatory measures --
Duty --
Living donors and the confluence of altruism and self-regard --
The complexity of human motivation and the myth of "unmotivated altruism" --
Living donors and living donor advocacy --
Health benefits for living donation --
Reflections of a living donor advocate --
Making altruism practical --
Reducing disincentives and opening doors to virtue --
Paired exchanges and donor chains --
Incentivizing opting-in --
Programs to compensate lost wages and travel expenses --
Walls of heroes and other means of publicly acknowledging living donors --
Non-monetary valuable, comparable goods --
Helping virtue along --
Conclusion : two to four hours of your life.
Responsibility: Andrew Michael Flescher.


Andrew Flescher objects to legalizing organ sales among living donors by going beyond concerns traditionally cited about social justice, commodification, and patient safety, and discusses what  Read more...


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An extraordinary exploration of what 'giving the gift of life' actually means to donors. * Chico Enterprise-Record * A thoughtful approach to mobilizing interest in loving donation. . . . Engaging Read more...

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