Transplant Tourism

The practice of travelling to another country—especially India, China, or the Philippines—for solid organ transplantation. While transplant tourism is typically cheaper, transplant tourists may be subject to sub-standard surgical care, poor organ matching, unhealthy donors, and post transplant infection, prompting some institutions in the US to refuse to treat the tourists who return needing post-op care or even a new organ, should their ‘tourist’ organ fail
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Specifically, in order for a commercial insurance company to donate money to a nonprofit involved in reverse transplant tourism, the algorithm matching international patients with American patients would have to be transparent and clearly demonstrate that the insurance companies' financial contributions did not influence the allocation of kidneys in favor of the companies' patients.
He said Pakistan has taken significant legislative and enforcement steps to ensure that unethical practices relating to transplant tourism are significantly reduced.
Pakistan has once again become an international hub for organ trafficking and transplant tourism according to reports in the international press reporting on the Far East.
MADRID: Moves to combat "transplant tourism", in which patients from rich countries pay large sums to have organ transplants in poor ones, are gaining pace, experts told an international conference.
The practice of transplant tourism has been condemned by numerous national and international healthcare organizations, who have cited serious concerns about clandestine international brokers, surreptitious payment, coercion of organ donors (and/ or donor families).
Even she objects to transplant tourism, saying: "I think it's wrong."
Transplant tourism is increasing as people realise that, if they travel to South Africa, India or the US, they can illegally buy a life-saving kidney from a living donor.
Concerns were raised after leading surgeon Prof Nadey Hakim said a regulated trade would cut "transplant tourism", where patients travel abroad for operations illegal in the UK.
(22.) For a discussion of organ trafficking, transplant tourism, and potential regulatory responses, see generally Cohen, supra note 2.
The committee will also hear presentations on disease transmission and informed consent; transplant tourism; organ donation and transplantation alliance; a report on an intensive Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) outreach project demonstrating significant increases in Michigan donor registration; and organ procurement organization (OPO) performance metrics for quality improvement.
Under international pressure, other trouble spots like China, Pakistan and the Philippines have outlawed organ sales and barred foreigners from undergoing transplants to stop "transplant tourism."
Professor Nadey Hakim reckons a controlled trade would help halt the increasingly popular "transplant tourism".
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