Magazine June 27, 2016, Issue

The Dearth of Donors

In-kind compensation for organs would save lives

From now until tomorrow at this time, twelve people will die because they cannot survive the wait for a kidney transplant. Shocking? Sadly, this is old news. Since 1987, the year the federal government started keeping tabs on the numbers of patients in need of a kidney, liver, heart, or lung, there have never been enough organs.

Almost 30 years later, an unprecedented 120,000 people are on the wait list for one of those four organs. About 102,000 wait for kidneys. If you live in a major city and no friend or family member is able or willing to donate to

Sally Satel, M.D., is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a visiting professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University’s Irving Medical Center.

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