Should Convicted Criminals Receive Heart Transplants?

Santa Clara Magazine (Fall) (2002)

David L. Perry
Davidson College
According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, over 4,100 Americans are currently candidates for heart transplants, meaning that they desperately need them, they satisfy the criteria for "medical utility" (i.e., a transplant will probably keep them alive), and they have adequate insurance or other funding to cover their cost. Unfortunately the supply of hearts in this country doesn't even come close to meeting the demand: only 2,202 heart transplants were performed last year. Thus, every day some Americans die waiting for new hearts.
Keywords organ transplant supply  transplant organ distribution
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