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Sunday, January 25

Are Kidneys a Commodity?

By Jerry Adler, Newsweek, May 26, 2008

Lloyd Cohen thinks people should have the right to buy or sell organs, an idea reviled by docs.
As of last Wednesday at 5:44 p.m., according to the minute-by-minute count on the Web site of the United Network for Organ Sharing, there were 75,629 people awaiting kidney transplants in the United States. Here's roughly what we can expect to happen over the next 12 months, based on the experience of recent years. About 10,000 of them will receive transplants from deceased strangers, awarded by UNOS roughly in order of waiting time. An additional 6,000 or so on the waiting list will get a transplant from a living donor, almost invariably a close friend or relative. About 5,000 will either die or become too sick to qualify for a transplant. Most of the rest will still be waiting a year from now. They might want to consider talking to Lloyd Cohen....
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Do you agree with Dr. Cohen or not and why?