Changing the Default for American Cadaveric Organ Donation: An Economic and Ethical Analysis of the Opt-Out System
AuthorCole, Lisette Claire
MetadataShow full item record
PublisherThe University of Arizona.
RightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
AbstractThis paper will study the economic and ethical issues involved in changing the current American opt-in societal default for cadaveric organ donation to an opt-out system. First, I will introduce the current opt-in default in the United States, and how the proposed opt-out system would differ. In the second section, I address the economic considerations involved with both systems, including efficiency and waste. Thirdly, I investigate the various ethical concerns an opt-out system faces, including public welfare, personal autonomy, and consent. Lastly, I restate my argument and offer recommendations based on my discussion. With this thesis, I intend to provide a strong economic and ethical defense for changing the American societal default on cadaveric organ donations to an opt-out system.
Degree ProgramHonors College
Philosophy, Politics, Economics, & Law