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Authors

Michelle Wong

Abstract

Organ transplantation is a comprehensive subject covering many different issues: medical, social, political and economic. This paper focuses on the ethical and social implications of organ donation. Also presented are the different policy and program options attempting to meet the immense demand for donors. Part I addresses an initial obstacle to organ transplantation-- consent. Part II describes the ethical conflicts related to donor sources. Part III examines possible transplant policy solutions and the potential ramifications of their implementation. Part IV concludes with suggestions for future solutions and a recommendation for an effective policy which can increase the organ donor supply, while accounting for consent and respecting individual personal beliefs and wishes.