Should younger transplant patients receive higher priority for the best available kidneys? What are the unintended consequences of changing the rules, for example in altering incentives for transplants from living donors? My University of Chicago colleague Lainie Friedman Ross appeared (with others) on the terrific NPR program On Point. She was discussing how we should prioritize patients waiting on the kidney transplant list. Worth a listen, especially for the audience’s phoned-in questions.
The older I get, the more I believe that younger people should be privileged in the allocation of such scarce resources. I’ve already had the opportunity to complete my education, to have relationships, to marry and raise my children. My 12- or 18- or 25-year-old peers have not had the opportunity to experience these things.
Once again, kudos to Tom Ashbrook, one of the nation’s great radio journalists. Even greater kudos to Virginia Postrel and others who have provided one of life’s most precious gifts to others. I happen to disagree with Postrel’s politics. Some things are more important than politics.