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Dying People Shouldn’t Have to be Beggars

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Posted on March 14 2010 11:24 am
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by Steve Chapman

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. … Nobody but a beggar chooses to depend chiefly upon the benevolence of his fellow-citizens. — Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

Consider the economics of an organ transplant. Everyone involved gets something of value. The doctors and nurses are paid. The hospital receives money. The organ recipient gets something that will save her life. And the person donating the organ gets a nice, warm feeling inside.

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