Policy To Consider Giving Organs To Younger Patients
UNOS, is considering only allowing the healthier, younger patients to receive organs. While saying that the healthiest organs come from donors under the age of 35, those organs should go to healthier people, rather than people who have been on the list the longest. While logically their policy might seem to make sense, it sure seems a lot like age discrimination. A person who is 50 years old and receives a healthy organ could extend their life for more than 20 years. If you ask that person’s family, I’m willing to bet that they see them to be a worthy recipient. While the UNOS feels that it is the proper policy, I wonder how they would feel if one of their parents (in their 50′s or 60′s) needed a transplant to live a longer happier life, and was denied because they were “too old”.
What are your thoughts on this subject? Are they right to write such policy?