What a Perspective!

I believe one fundamental difference that divides perspectives on health care is the whether you believe it is the community’s obligation to take care of one another.  Some believe that with the exception of a few basics the government (community) should not interfere.  Basically it is every man or woman for themselves.  Others believe that a community must take care of its weakest. This debate has taken an interesting twist in several comments and posts of friends of mine regarding organ donation.  Organ donation (especially while alive and for a stranger as in a kidney) is quite possibly the strongest recognition that one can make that the community does in deed have an obligation to take care of its own.  Organ donation strips the  barriers that most people construct around their bodies.  Bodies are personal, private, not communal.  But a friend of mine is considering a more communal perspective so that her community can better take care of its own.  By giving of ones body to another (in the form of a blood donation, bone marrow, kidney) you are offering yourself (quite physically) to another in the community.  What a perspective!

Now if only more in our community would be willing to give up monetary resources so that all could access health care.  What a small sacrifice.  What a small perspective compared to those who give of themselves quite physically!

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One response to “What a Perspective!

  1. Over half of the 99,000 Americans on the national transplant waiting list will die before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate about 20,000 transplantable organs every year. Over 6,000 of our neighbors suffer and die needlessly every year as a result.

    There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage — give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

    Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren’t willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

    Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at http://www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.

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