An op-ed about kidney dialysis which notes that Medicare coverage for this procedure has extended thousands of lives.
The recent New Jersey corruption scandal, which includes the allegation that a NY man named Levy-Izhak Rosenbaum has been arranging sales of kidneys from donors in Israel.
A story in a Swedish newspaper claiming that Israeli soldiers have harvested organs from dead Palestinians.No, it is not that they all involve people who are Jewish.
It is that they all miss the role played by government bans on organ sales.
If organ sales were legal, people with renal disease would enjoy longer and better lives, and governments would save expenditures on health care. Dialysis has been incredibly valuable and will in any case continue to serve many patients. But bans on organ sales are limiting the use of a newer technology - transplants - that works better for many people.
If organ sales were legal, the man from Brooklyn would have had no incentive to arrange kidney sales. This was a small part of the overall scandal, but it illustrates how prohibitions breed black markets and corruption.
If organ sales were legal, Israeli soliders would have little incentive to harvest organs from dead Palestinians (I take no position on whether this story is accurate).
Laws that ban organ sales make no sense, as Alex Taborrok of Marginal Revoulation has argued compellingly. It is legal to sell blood. It is legal to sell eggs and sperm. Why should organs be different?