Organ donors mostly benefit the wealthy

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Organ donor is a huge business

How come organ donors are not allowed to be rewarded for their organs but there are large amounts of monies paid for "organ procurement fees"? A kidney, for example, could represent up to $80,000 in said "organ procurement fees". The water is free, the bottle costs $10.00.

It is necessary to separate the nobility of giving from what is really a multi-trillion dollar business.

Lifelink foundation, a not-for-profit leader in the recovery and transportation of organs and tissues, started in 1982 with a personal investment $300,000 provided by Lifelink founders and seven founders. By 1985, Lifelink was able to borrow $2.5 million to enhance its operations. In 1992, the media reported Lifelink as lavishing in salaries and nepotism by paying more than $6 million to its 135 employees. In 2006 it reported a budget of $66 million. The organization currently has close to 500 employees.

UCLA waiting list. Do the rich get head of line?

More then 58,000 are minorities on the evergrowing organ waiting list. According to the United Network Organ Sharing (UNOS) the organization that "manages the nation's organ transplant system under contract with the federal government", making them self-regulated by default, there are currently 112,628 officially waiting for an organ as of January 18, 2012. UNOS is one of the main government-directed organizations that deal with organ transplants. It falls under the jurisdiction of the Organ Procurement and Transportation Network (OPTN). There is also the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) which provides statistical data, like how long will I have to wait for a kidney according to my zip code. In my case, a little more than a year.

They all state that recipients are treated on a first come first served basis, regardless of income, race or social status.

On June 6, 1995, baseball legend Mickey Mantle received top of the list treatment for a liver transplant. He died two months later due to complications.

Generosity is recognized but not appreciated

The Organ Donation and Recovery Improvement Act, approved by Congress in 1984 establishes that "the Congress recognizes the generous contribution made by each living individual who has donated an organ to save a life." This act was set in place in order to establish as a felony if any given individual was to receive any monetary retribution for an organ.

This act allows in turn for reimbursement of transportation and incidental expenses to the donor, provided the recipient, the State, or a health services plan are insufficient to repay. Also, the income of the donor cannot exceed 300 percent of the Department of Health and Human Services guidelines.

Poverty guidelines for 2011 range from $10,870 to $37,630 depending on the number of family members.

So the government recognizes my generosity by being stingy conditioning the parameters within which I will and if I'll ever receive reimbursement.

This is like appreciating you got injured in war by not securing you a decent job when you come back home. Wait... we already do that.

Even physicians are disgusted with the organ donation situation

The title for a report from the Physicians for a National Health Program says it all: "Class and race inequalities in health and healthcare insurance status of U.S. -Organ Donor and Transport Recipients: the uninsured give, but rarely receive".

According to the report, when a reference is made to organ matching, is more in reference to money, or adequate insurance. "Transplantation rates differ by race, income and gender... blacks, women and the poor are less likely to receive them."

47 million Americans are currently uninsured. Uninsured individuals are the primary organ donors.

In 1986, Ronald Reagan called for an end to wealth discrimination in transplantation. Just like with Martin Luther King, Jr. I also share the ex-president's dream.

High executives both in the government and these so called not-for-profit organizations enjoy salaries of about half a million dollar per year. Why not at least get some life insurance in exchange? Free healthcare for those who donate life? Why not money?

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American Romance 4 years ago from America

same old tired thing........class warfare! Here is my advice, if you are worried that some day you may need an organ transplant, then do this simple exercise, Stay in school, do not have premarital sex, have a strong work ethic! Do not expect others who done the above to bail you out or pay your bills or hand you their hard earned money so you can get health care you need!..........hmmm sounds simple enough!......oh and pull your pants up!


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CrazyGata 4 years ago from Puerto Rico Author

Dear American Romance,

Are you sure you wanted to post this response under this hub? As I reread it, seems unrelated.

(If you would indulge me, let's take this from the perspective of you being the rich and I the whining poor. Keep in mind my answer does not necessarily imply actual living conditions).

1. I cannot worry about needing an organ transplant because, since I can't afford it for I do not have insurance, I will never make it to the top of the list.

2. The title of my hub is pretty self-explanatory in that it "benefits the rich". I really don't know what keeping my pants up has to do with the fact that MOST organ donors are, sorry to inform you, from a lower class level than you... whereas most organ recipients are those that are able to pay for them.

-this I answer because you refer to "if you need an organ transplant", again, not sure if that is what you meant-

Likewise goes to all your other suggestions... This is not about bailing the poor out, actually my take is DO NOT DONATE YOUR ORGAN especially when it mainly BENEFITS the rich who, as you kindly put it ARE NOT willing TO BAIL YOU OUT in return!

So, to rephrase, I hope that YOU never ever get to need an organ, because more than likely it will come from a person that belongs to the class that you so vividly despise.

It is indeed class warfare. And it's on.

P.S.- I have a Bachelors degree. I pay my bills, own three houses, one of them is paid off... trade in the stock market with a lot more than $25k, published a book, retired from the military after 21 years as a First Sergeant. I have a great healthcare plan... and three children, kept my pants up when I wanted to. My oldest son is an Air Force active duty member. Never ever have asked no one, not even my parents, for a favor and will never ever donate an organ, especially to ungrateful, snotty souls.

Oh, also, I am Puerto Rican. Yes, we like to work as well, unlike those that have built a nation on the back of others.


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American Romance 4 years ago from America

you had such a great comment that seemed so sincere until the last sentence........unlike those that have built a nation on the backs of others........

So when Henry Ford created Ford Motor company and hired thousands and created the middle class, ........that act in your view is getting rich off the backs of others? I would suggest those early jobs at Ford were highly sought after jobs! Every time a liberal says off the backs of others, I wonder what that means? We would not have the wealth in this country without creating jobs! So you libs want jobs but it pisses you off to work for someone that created that job???? Is this right?

Oh I got your hub for sure! You hate the wealthy all though your doing fine! You want the poor to take life saving organs to the coffin with them! ONLY because those that can afford to purchase those organs, may not be willing to simply GIVE their money to poor people to run out and purchase a half million dollar heart or liver!..........People do not OWE something to others! I owe you the respect of honoring your property, not to inflict upon your or your family! I owe you the right to persue happiness according to the constitution......other than that you are on your own unless I deem it necessary from my heart to do more! Not have it taken by government as your hub would lead the so called sympathetic left to do!


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whoisbid 4 years ago

Money talks!


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CrazyGata 4 years ago from Puerto Rico Author

Dear American,

Actually I was referring to kidnapping Africans from Nigeria and the Ivory Coast because no white person wanted to really pick up cotton back in the good ol' Washington having more than 300 slaves days.

I hope you are not implying Henry Ford created the middle class out of the goodness of his heart...

I am oh so glad you got my hub. Yes, I am "you people". I will sure take my organs to rot, actually cremated.

If anybody would have the slightest clue of how the system works would know that it would be "sound business" to at least grant the poor who, again, are the top organ donors, who SIMPLY give their organs... at least some HEALTHCARE.

I mean, you talk about SIMPLY giving money, like if donating an organ is less riskier.

So the rich can keep their money, but the poor should give their organs away just because Congress made it a felony to receive monetary award for it. I am glad you got my point, I got your number too.

I totally agree with you when you refer to DOWN with being SYMPATHETIC.

If there is any hate reserved for the wealthy is particularly for those that, after failing to acknowledge that they have indeed benefited from another, turn around to brush them off and call the police on them just to get that nuisance off their street. Just like I despise poor people with an attitude, I abhor rich people that absolutely believe they are self-sufficient but then gather around to pray for show.

HubPages is a very big universe. I'm sure there is no need for you to further bother with the likes of me.

READERS: I just hope the words keeps spreading VIRAL. DO NOT DONATE. Top execs of these so called "Organ Procurement Agencies" earn half a million a year! And yet they work for not-for-profit companies! People!

So there you have it, readers, great example. The Congress appreciates your donation under certain conditions, the rest will never ever even give you nor credit or the time of day.


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CrazyGata 4 years ago from Puerto Rico Author

The hospital gets paid, the doctor gets paid, the recipient gets to live, the one that found the organ gets a cut... Federal funding is in place to grant monies for related organizations. Those with the money gets head of line, so again, the poor loses on both ends.

The organ donor gets zippo... or a straight shot to Heaven for his good deed.


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

Gata ...You so crazy

I enjoyed the debate between you and Romance.

Are you a lefty liberal? LOL

Or are you just a person who see's the wrong and wishes they could right it by spreading what some can't see as the truth.

There really is no right and wrong in the debate because that is America, Capitalism, and Freedom to express your opinion.

do whatever you want to with your own pants, Romance lost

me when he wrote that, it was uncalled for!!

P.S. great Hub!


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CrazyGata 4 years ago from Puerto Rico Author

For real! I'm like what does MY PANTS have to do with organ donation? Hello?

Is like automated response... -If it's a woman, press response #1... sigh...

Good thing there is YOU! --Fresh air!!! --Thank you very much! Very much indeed!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

I agree with most of your hub.. you really can shine the spotlight on a plague.. yeah I called it a plague.. LOL great Hub up and awesome Crazy Cat..:) Frank


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

Thanks for the compliment about the air, best thing Iv'e heard about me in hubpages so far. We need more Crazy Gata's in this world, because they so...CRAZY.

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