Recent AMA policy notes the controversy surrounding solicitation for directed donation
, but also recognizes that there may not be an ethical problem if a system of solicitation increases the total number of organs available while not reasonably disadvantaging those on the waiting list.
Shopping the Internet for organ recipients functions like directed donation
to an individual, but the process practically invites donation to groups.
LifeSharers members use a form of directed donation
that is legal under federal law (and the laws of all 50 states) to offer their organs first to other registered organ donors.
means a donor family can designate where their loved one's organs can go and to whom they may go.
However, there can be no denial that the summary rejection of the request for a directed donation
had a "chilling effect.
"challenges the currently dominant maximin interpretation of the principle of justice forcing us to consider a prima facie true egalitarian interpretation as an alternative" (401).
, while no panacea, may provide one alternative.
In response to a comment made by a living donor advocacy organization that OPTN policies should not interfere with the right of an altruistic living donor's right to direct the donation, HRSA agreed and directed the OPTN to develop living donor allocations policies that include right to directed donation
That a third adolescent patient was also awaiting a donor heart at that institution only highlights concerns about directed donation
You can also send a directed donation
via text that includes the name of the community in which you want the funds to be used.