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Issues Law Med. 2001 Spring;16(3):213-33.

To solve a deadly shortage: economic incentives for human organ donation.

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  • 1University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.


In this article Dr. Harris and attorney Alcorn propose the establishment of a governmentally regulated, posthumous organ market, with economic incentives for the donors, in order to increase the supply of transplantable organs. The authors review transplant technology, provide a short history of donation and sale of organs, tissues, and cells, discuss the various legislative approaches that have been made to increase the supply of organs, and analyze the problems with the open market approach. They conclude with a proposal for a regulated posthumous organ market.

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