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Proper Use of Resources for Organ Transplants

One of the most difficult dilemmas to resolve relates to the allocation of valuable, but scarce resources. Setting standards by which resources are allocated is not an easy task. Please discuss the case of Todd Krampitz of Houston, Texas who found an effective way to cut in line for an organ transplant. Your discussion of Mr. Krampitz's case should address distributive justice and the allocation of scarce resources.


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It may not seem fair that the person with the most money wins! When it comes to organ transplantation, it comes down to a mix of financial, social, emotional and spiritual integration. It isn't a whole lot different from the person that was supposed to get on the flight but at the last second got stuck in a traffic jam and missed the plane, whereby his life was spared, from a plane crash. Or the real-life situation, where a top surgeon got on a urgent rescue flight to deliver and perform the surgery for organ transplantation and the helicopter crashed, where not only did the pilot, top surgeon and patient die but the process became a disaster for many people. The odds are more against success at times, than victory in the end for transplants (rejection of tissue, and due to other known or unknown reasons). Still, people DO miraculously live and the bodies of many do adjust to foreign organs, despite the difficult prospects.

In a more spiritually evolved culture, there will be justice for the 'correct' persons to glean profit from health and life, with the transplant process. Unfortunately, at this time in the development in our western society, the right guy often does NOT win the spot. But nature always wins in the long run. One cannot look at the single incident alone. There ...

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The western world is not based on a system of 'haves and have nots' and therefore an equitable system of ensuring that all that need organ transplants is critical and discussed.