Latest On The Nation's Kidney Shortage
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.
director of the division of medical ethics, New York University Langone Medical Center.
psychiatrist and resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute.
director of kidney and pancreas transplantation, MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute.
president, Stop Organ Trafficking Now and author, "The Kidney Sellers: a Journey of Discovery in Iran."