Outline Critical Analysis
The Case of Paying for Organ Donation
Dr. Sally Satel is a psychiatrist and professor at Yale University. Dr. Satel’s essay on
“The Case of Paying for Organ Donors,” shows how there is a shortage of organ donors in
society. Dr. Satel, suggests that financial and other incentives should be introduced to raise more
transplant organs. In The Case for Paying Organ Donors, legalizing a through, well structured
and stringently monitored compensation program for organ donation will aid in significantly
reducing the two major reasons that allow for the successful existence of underground markets
and corrupt organizations. There would be a dire shortage of organs available and the
desperation that patients experience waiting for a transplant. In conjunction with a well
organized enforcement of a ban on the trafficking of human organs is the best solution to ...view middle of the document...
B. The incentives would be provided by a third party such as a governmental entity,
charity or insurer; not by individual patients. Such a program would help reduce
the amount of people from wealthy countries seeking the assistance of illegal brokers,
while increasing the amount of lives saved through legal and reputable protocols.
I. A successful reduction in the illegal trafficking of human organs can best be
accomplished by eliminating the illegal product and replacing it with legally donated
organs within a diverse rewards program.
A. Cracking down on organ trafficking, while prohibiting compensation to legally
acquired donations fails to address the newly created shortage in the amount of
B. An effort to eliminate illegal trafficking alone will only force these illegal
organizations to become more secretive and elusive, increasing the risk to
recipients of receiving an inferior organ. In paragraph 16, Satel admits that
altruism in not enough. Twelve citizens in the European Union die daily because
they could not survive the wait for a transplant. In the U.S., 18 people die each
Conclusion: Satel has a strong argument, stating that those opposing organ donation fear that the
option of offering an organ for payment purposes will likely attract the poor and needy in
society. Therefore, the poor and needy are more likely to be exploited. In order to avoid such
scenarios, Satel emphasizes the need to empower the poor with education and relevant
information to avoid exploitation. Satel’s reasoning that giving incentives would raise the
amount of donors is a strong argument that cannot be dismissed without critical evaluation.
Awarding incentives not only benefits the donor it will save the life of the recipient. On the
other hand her argument that ethical consideration should not be considered when seeking organ
donation is a weak point, society is made up of ethics and people must respect these ethics.