Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Earlier this fall, a leader of the busiest hospital for organ transplants in New York state -- where livers are particularly scarce -- pleaded for fairer treatment for ailing New Yorkers. "Patients in equal need of a liver transplant should not have to wait and suffer differently because of the U.S. state where they reside," wrote Dr. Herbert Pardes, former chief executive and now executive vice president of the board at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. But Pardes left out his hospital's own contribution to the shortage: From 2013 to 2016, it gave 20 livers to foreign nationals who came to the United States solely for a transplant -- essentially exporting the organs and removing them from the pool available to New Yorkers. That represented 5.2 percent of the hospital's liver transplants during that time, one of the highest ratios in the country.

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Little known to the public, or to sick patients and their families, organs donated domestically are sometimes given to patients flying in from other countries, who often pay a premium. Some hospitals even seek out foreign patients in need of a transplant. ...

The practice is legal, and foreign nationals must wait their turn for an organ in the same way as domestic patients. ... Dr. Sander Florman, director of the transplant institute at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, said he struggles with "in essence, selling the organs we do have to foreign nationals with bushels of money."

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Capitalism at it's finest.

Congratulations America.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2017-11-29 03:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Opposing this is "xenophobic."

#2 | Posted by LIVE_OR_DIE at 2017-11-30 11:39 AM | Reply

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