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The Global Organ ShortageEconomic Causes, Human Consequences, Policy Responses$
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T. Randolph Beard, David L. Kaserman, and Rigmar Osterkamp

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804784092

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804784092.001.0001

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Consequences of the Current Policy

Consequences of the Current Policy

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The Global Organ Shortage
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This chapter examines the current state of the global organ procurement system and discusses the most direct consequence of the organ shortage: transplant waiting lists. It analyzes waiting list dynamics and the situations both in and outside the United States. It examines the secondary effects of the shortage and analyzes the increased reliance on living donors and the rising use of marginal donors. A third “secondary consequence”—the black market for kidneys—which is considered an especially dire effect of waiting lists, is treated at some length. Finally, the chapter reviews the future prospects for the global organ shortage.

Keywords:   organ procurement system, organ shortage, transplant waiting lists, United States, organ donors, living donors, marginal donors, black market, kidneys

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