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The Global Organ Shortage: Economic Causes, Human Consequences, Policy Responses

T. Randolph Beard, David L. Kaserman, and Rigmar Osterkamp


Although organ transplants provide the best, and often the only, effective therapy for many otherwise fatal conditions, the great benefits of transplantation go largely unrealized because of failures in the organ acquisition process. In the United States, for instance, more than 10,000 people die every year either awaiting transplantation, or as a result of deteriorating health exacerbated by the shortage of organs. Issues pertaining to organ donation and transplantation represent, perhaps, the most complex and morally controversial medical dilemmas aside from abortion and euthanasia. However, ... More

Keywords: organ transplant, transplantation, organ acquisition, United States, organ donation, monopsony, Spain, cadaveric donation, waiting lists, organ shortages

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780804784092
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804784092.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

T. Randolph Beard, author

David L. Kaserman, author

Rigmar Osterkamp, author