There is money to be made on organ transplants, no doubt about it. Now, New York City is testing a program whereby two ambulances are dispatched to a 911 call.
The second vehicle is there to harvest organs if the first vehicle’s rescue attempts fail. Despite the lame provision that the first vehicle does not know about the second vehicle’s presence, surely there is no conflict of interest involved, is there?
I guess one could simply presume that the people in the first vehicle probably already know about this program so to say that they have no knowledge of the second vehicle is funny to say the least.
On top of that, I am sure whoever administers the program is certainly aware! Therefore, the potential for conflict of interest remains.
No information was provided to indicate whether or not the victim had to have something, such as a check mark on a driver’s license, that indicated he was willing to donate organs was necessary. I can only hope that is the case. If the victim is not required to give consent with some sort of pre-accident legal document, then this is really not a pretty situation.
Organ transplants are big business. This isn’t your low cost solution to bad breath like essential oils as read in an oramd review or the pH balanced mouthwash, therabreath. The cost of a donor heart in 2007 averaged around $90,000. It appears that they are getting organs for free with this program. Does the victim see any of that 90k? I’ve never heard of that. I have only heard of donors volunteering their organs!
This isn’t something simple, like using a $100 hydrofloss to improve dental health. Organ transplants are expensive! Let’s skip the ‘donations’ which require lots of anti-rejection medicine anyway.
I would prefer that they would use a person’s own cells to grow the needed organ. This has been done in the lab and they simply need to develop the technology into a workable reality. Then there will not be an organ shortage and their will not be big money made at the expense of the victim(s) death.
Here is a good article on the dangers of organ harvesting.
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