Being on a waiting list for an organ can be an agonizing process for the patient, their family, and even the doctors. Often a person waits so long they end up growing too sick to be eligible anymore.
It turns out that a need for an organ doesn’t mean much. In fact, an American citizen can be at the top of the list and not be the next to receive what they are waiting for.
Dr. Sander Florman, director of the transplant institute at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, and others are coming forward, exposing that behind organ transplant procedures lurks cash. If a foreign national has enough money, they can buy their way to the top of the list or as Dr. Florman states, doctors must struggle with “in essence, selling the organs we do have to foreign nationals with bushels of money.”
Earlier this year, Dr. Herbert Paynes presented the dilemma, asking for fairer treatment for his patients and all of those in New York. he wrote;
“Patients in equal need of a liver transplant should not have to wait and suffer differently because of the U.S. state where they reside.”
Dr. Paynes is the executive vice president at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. His pleas left out one important fact.
From 2013 to 2016, his own hospital gave 20 livers to foreigners who paid to come to America and get the transplant. This is quite literally killing less fortunate patients so wealthy ones can live.
Some hospitals actually see out foreign patients who can pay, it is a lot more profitable for them after all. There is a Saudi Arabian company who has an agreement with Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans.
Ansaq Medical Company’s sole purpose is to “facilitate the procedures and mechanisms of ‘medical tourism.’”
This defies understanding, especially if a person is familiar with the wait times experienced by transplant patients.
People are dying every day because there aren’t enough organs, why should foreign nationals be coming in and taking even more of the scarce resources?
Source: Pro Publica