Compensated kidney donation:an ethical review of the Iranian model

Dublin Core

Title

Compensated kidney donation:an ethical review of the Iranian model

Author

Bagheri, Alireza

Publisher

2006/09/00

Language

English

Publication Date

20060900

Abstract

Iran has had a program of compensated kidney donation from living unrelated (LUR) donors since 1997. The aim of the program was to address the increasing demand for kidney transplantation in a morally sound manner. The program was successful in terms of increasing the number of kidneys available for transplantation. This paper presents a critical review of the program and its ethical status. Denying organ donors legitimate compensation because of the understandable fear of an organ trade is not morally justifiable, and the Iranian model of compensated LUR kidney donation offers substantial benefits that overcome these concerns. Despite its benefits, the program lacks secure measures to prevent the risk of a direct monetary relationship between donors and recipients, and it must be revised in order to be morally justifiable.

Primary Classification

19.5

Secondary Classification

19.5;19.3

Primary keywords

kidneys--[pri];living donors--[pri];organ donation--[pri];organ transplantation--[pri];policy analysis--[pri];remuneration--[pri];transplant recipients--[pri]

Secondary keywords

altruism;ethical relativism;moral policy;renal disease

Subject

Iran

Journal Article

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal2006 September; 16(3): 269-282

Call Number

journal

Bibliography

25 refs

ISSN

10546863 (print)

Collection

Citation

“Compensated kidney donation:an ethical review of the Iranian model,” Islamic Medical & Scientific Ethics, accessed June 15, 2024, http://imse.ibp.georgetown.domains/items/show/36102.