Headlines:

Has Corona Virus Given A Boost to Telemedicine? Is it A Viable Alternative to Traditional Consultations?

The impact of Corona virus on a specific vulnerable population: the poor, homeless, people with mental illnesses

Should TV commercials for alcohol/fast-food chains be banned?

Should there be criminal responsibility for medical errors?

The Typical Health Problems of Puberty

Should the state refuse to import the products, obtained at the cost of someone’s health?

The Treatment of Rabies. The Milwaukee protocol

The Role Of A Healthy Diet And Sport In The Overall Health Level Of Population

Should US hospitals provide a free translator to non-English speaking patients?

Should animals be used in research?

Best Tips to a Health Lifestyle You Need to Understand

Stem Cells Research

Professional Diseases

Do we need a dedicated global agency that would deal with covid 19 and other future pandemics?

Should animals be used in research?

About Palliative Therapies To Treat Mesothelioma

HIV/AIDS: What Methods of Treatment Can the Modern Medicine Offer?

Should the State Regulate Social Media Use to Prevent Its Negative Impact on Mental Health and Social Media Addiction?

Homeopathic Medicine

Should unhealthy people be refused emergency organ transplants due to their lifestyle choices?

Artificial Coma

Should Abortion be Legal?

Understanding Cancer Research Studies and Evaluating Outcomes

Alternative Medicine

Should unconventional forms of medicine be part of national healthcare?

Is quarantine a useful measure?

Should Euthanasia be Illegal?

LINK BETWEEN POVERTY AND HEALTH

SHOULD DOCTORS BE ABLE TO PROMOTE PARTICULAR MEDICAL PRODUCTS?

Brain Injuries and Their Consequences

IS THE COST OF HEALTHCARE IN THE U.S. JUSTIFIABLE?

Virus infections and their treatment

SHOULD CLONING/GENETIC ENGINEERING RESEARCH BE ALLOWED?

The Treatment Of Pregnant Women And Their Differences

The Role of Paramedics in General Health Care

SHOULD CHILDHOOD VACCINATION BE MANDATORY?

Should uninsured people be provided with any medical care?

Understanding the history of medicine and religion

The ethical aspects of medical research on humans and animals

Antibiotics Role in Diseases Treatment, Resistance and Solution

SHOULD EUTHANASIA BE ILLEGAL?

Homoeopathy as compared to traditional forms of medicinal treatments

Possible Ways of Medicine Development in the Future

Medical instruments history and evolution

Should marijuana/drugs be legalized?

Chronic Diseases and Treatment

Covid-19 Vaccine: What to Expect

Genetic Engineering and Cloning

The Need for International Cooperation During Covid-19 Pandemic

Epidemics and pandemics in human history

Child Health Care And Its Differences From The Adult Ones

New COVID-19 Restrictions In Washington And Michigan

A heart-healthy and “stroke-free” world through policy development

The history of vaccination: benefits, dangers, and prejudice

Sleep Disorders

Eating Disorders: Anorexia and Bulimia

Supporting the Health Care Workforce During the COVID-19 Epidemic

Characteristics of Hospitalized Adults With COVID-19

Aging and Changes in Physical and Mental Health

Can Excess Exercising Worsen Health?

Biomechanics In Medicine

Artificial Tissue and Organs

Should scientists work to make computers displace doctors?

Amazing Homeopathic Medicines

Viral Infection and Powerful Treatments

Cancer treatment and research 2021

Effects Of Smoking, Alcohol Consumption, And Drug Abuse On Human Health

Should there be state regulation of fast food chains?

Autism: a disease or a variant of norm?

Should Teens Be Able To Obtain Birth Control Pills?

Should there be state regulation of fast-food chains?

Alzheimer’s disease: is it possible to battle it?

Doctors Have the Highest Mortality Rate from Covid-19

What drives healthcare cost in the US in 2021 ?

Should doctors quit their jobs not to deal with COVID-19 ?

Should there be an opt-in or opt-out donor system?

Should the state provide free health care to homeless people?

Who should decide whether to place an elderly in the elderly center? A person himself, children, or health care specialist?

Is the French doctor suggestions to test the vaccine in Africa is a sound strategy or an act of racism?

How should the issue of obesity be treated?

Should people be encouraged to homeopathy first?

Doctors Have the Highest Mortality Rate from Covid-19. What are the ways to decrease it?

Can medical research pose a threat? If yes, what are the ways to mitigate it?

Should the state refuse to import the products, obtained at the cost of someone’s health?

Should a doctor be able to provide medical care to a minor despite their parent’s wish?

Should scientists research options for people to become immortal?

Should doctors be required to report cases of organ trafficking?

Should surrogate pregnancy be used on-demand or only for health reasons?

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Should unhealthy people be refused emergency organ transplants due to their lifestyle choices?

Date

There are thousands of people dying to buy a kidney, however, the donators are extremely rare. About 350,000 Americans suffer from end-stage renal disease, a state of kidney disorder so advanced that the organ stops functioning altogether (Thomas, 1993).  There are no miracle drugs that can revive a failed kidney, leaving dialysis and kidney transplantation as the only possible treatments. Due to the lack of organ transplant donors, it becomes a matter of ethics of who should be more deserving to receive the organ transplant. Here deserving means a person who has taken proper care of the body and has a healthy lifestyle. For instance, if a person has an alcohol addiction problem that causes his kidney failure at some point in life, so the question arises if he is worthy of the transplant given the fact that there are few donors while the recipient list is huge. This article will explore the questions of whether people with unhealthy lifestyle choices should be entitled to organ transplants and is it ethical to reject them on such grounds.

The people whose illness is not caused by their poor lifestyle choice deserve organ transplants more and should be preferred over those people who have not taken care of their bodies. According to a research study, 188 people were interviewed about showing their willingness for organ transplants. 74% of the participants stated that they were less inclined to donate their organs to people whose alcohol addiction problem led to some kidney disease (Campagne, 2020).  These people were more inclined to donate their organs who had a genuine disease not caused by the lifestyle choice. In addition to exploring the factor of ethics, an economic study highlighted that cost of organ transplantation for acute kidney disease (a condition that is not related to alcohol misuse) is 16% less than the cost for chronic liver failure which is mostly caused by alcohol addition (Santin, et al., 2019). Therefore, from an economic point of view, organ transplantation for people with genuine conditions (not caused by lifestyle choice) should be preferred.

While it makes sense that people with sound lifestyle choices should be worthy of organ transplants, some people argue that anyone who has a clinical condition regardless of his lifestyle choice should not be discriminated against for organ transplantation. People always have unhealthy lifestyle choices based on their autonomy rights. 80% of the UK population smokes cigarettes and uses alcohol since it has become a part of the lifestyle (Bedford, & Jones, 2014). So, it becomes a matter of autonomy and discrimination if more and more people are adopting the same lifestyle. Similarly, if smoking and drinking habit prevents a person from getting organ transplantation, then all risky activities should qualify as the rejection of organ transplant. For example, drivers should be excluded from organ transplantation since driving is a risky activity. However, they receive intensive care in case of accidents. A solution from a healthcare perspective is to increase the number of organ donors so more and more organs will be available for transplant for people who have medical conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

Thomas D. J. (1993). Organ transplantation in people with unhealthy lifestyles. AACN clinical issues in critical care nursing, 4(4), 665–668.

Campagne, D. M. (2020). Accountability for an unhealthy lifestyle.

Bedford, S., & Jones, E. (2014). Should lifestyle choices affect access to transplant?. Nursing times, 110(30), 16-18.

Santin, F., Canella, D., Borges, C., Lindholm, B., & Avesani, C. M. (2019). Dietary Patterns of Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: The Influence of Treatment Modality. Nutrients, 11(8), 1920. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11081920

 

 

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on google
Google+
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on email
Email

More
articles

Join DBN Today!

Let DBN help guide you to success!

Doctors Business Network offers everything new and existing health care providers need to establish and build a successful career! Sign up with DBN today and let us help you succeed!