Latest On The Nation's Kidney Shortage

A donor is wheeled to an operating room for a kidney transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital June 26, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. Doctors from Johns Hopkins transplanted the kidney from a living donor into the patient recipient.  - BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages

A donor is wheeled to an operating room for a kidney transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital June 26, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. Doctors from Johns Hopkins transplanted the kidney from a living donor into the patient recipient.

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages

Latest On The Nation's Kidney Shortage

The nation's kidney shortage is about to hit a grim milestone with 100,000 patients on the transplant waiting list.

Close to 100,000 Americans are on the wait list for a kidney transplant. Each day 14 of those people will die. Some patients are too sick to be saved, but many of those deaths could have been prevented if they had received a new kidney in time. Meanwhile, rates of hypertension and diabetes continue to rise, which means demand for transplant organs will only increase. A discussion about why the list is growing, how to increase life-saving donations and the ethical questions involved.

Guests

Arthur Caplan

director of the division of medical ethics, New York University Langone Medical Center.

Sally Satel

psychiatrist and resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute.

Matthew Cooper

director of kidney and pancreas transplantation, MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute.

Sigrid Fry-Revere

president, Stop Organ Trafficking Now and author, "The Kidney Sellers: a Journey of Discovery in Iran."

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