Bill Paley (mycroftca) wrote,
Bill Paley

The other topic that enraged me, yesterday, had to do with transplants.

Apparently, a big stink developed over the transplant given in a US hospital to a Japanese man who was apparently someone significant in their organized crime.

Listening to the discussion, it seemed that there was at least as much distress over the fellow being Japanese, and using an American organ, as there was about his life's work.

What bothered me is that the medical issue is that the man was a patient, and as a physician, his nationality, or the source of his income stream, should have nothing at all to do with his treatment, and whether or not he could receive a needed organ.

It disgusted me to hear any suggestion that the doctors should be responsible for allocating available tissues to people based on their alleged behaviors, or where they come from. I swore an oath that leads me to treat those who come to me, not to look at their backgrounds, except in so far as those backgrounds could have an effect on their well-being.

Rationing is a political action, and shouldn't be something foisted on the physicians.

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