Organ Hunters International

This kind of stuff makes me miss the Placebo Journal. I would have done a whole page for a fake television show parody. What is my inspiration? Well, for one, the show House Hunters International. And for another, I have this article in the WSJ:

About 30 euthanasia patients in Canada have donated their organs after death since 2016. On June 3 the Canadian Medical Association issued guidelines for how the process should work. The grim document describes how the organ donation and euthanasia decisions might be disentangled, but allows doctors to raise the possibility of organ donation with assisted-suicide patients. It also clarifies that organ removal should not begin until the patient is medically deceased and the heart has stopped beating.

But some experts quarrel with this restriction. Last year in a New England Journal of Medicine article, two Canadian medical researchers and a Harvard bioethicist argued that it could reduce the quality of donated organs. A superior model, they suggest, could be to kill the patient by removing his organs. After all, the best organs come from live people, like those who donate one of their kidneys.

You can see the slippery slope here, right? It could come to a time where rich Americans would shop the world for the best organ from a living or euthanized patient. Here’s a future episode:

I am not poking fun at any of these people in the pictures above. I am just trying to see the future and it could go bad, real quick.

Or am I overthinking this just for the joke?

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  4 comments for “Organ Hunters International

  1. Jesse Lee Belville
    July 2, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Yes ,Human beings will live down to our expectations. Always. No to doctor assisted suicide, no to euthanasia.
    If people want to Kill themselves there are multiple ways to do it. Don’t need no help from Doctors, MD or DO. NP’ s or PA’s.

  2. KimDalton
    July 1, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    This is actually one of the most slippery, morbid slopes I’ve considered in a long while. The implications are terrifying. We already have people who are afraid to become organ donors because they are concerned doctors will not try as hard to save them as someone who isn’t a donor. I can’t imagine taking organs from people that are not on artificial life support (brain dead) or who have very recently passed. I can see the practicality of having quality organs from a live donor, but death by harvest in today’s environment seems unethical and immoral.

  3. Holly
    July 1, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Wonder how far we are from having two different CPT codes – one for harvesting organs before death and one for harvesting after. Wonder which one will have a higher reimbursement schedule – because you know there will be a difference in reimbursement. You’re not going to do something like this if there wasn’t a increase reward for your actions, which in turn motivates individuals to push for different billing codes and reimbursement rates.

    I can just imagine the individuals who are formulating their justification that before death harvesting should be reimbursed at a higher rate and how they will downplay the negative consequences of such a proposal.

    Will there also be a different charge if you received a organ from a deceased individual or someone still breathing? Should insurance pay a premium for one over the other? I guess it would be similar to getting a rebuilt auto part vs a new part, huh.

  4. Pat
    July 1, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    I remarked to someone the other day that we do not want doctors to start rationalizing without moral restraint. This has happened before with horrifying results.

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