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Understanding Scarcity

by Linda Ghent

We know that scarcity comes from the fact that society has unlimited wants and only limited resources with which we can satisfy those wants. This is never more apparent than in the market for organs. Thousands of individuals in the U.S. wait on lists hoping that a donor organ becomes available.

But, how do providers determine who receives such a scarce resource? How are organ recipients determined? This video allows you to see that process unfold, along with the anguish of waiting for a donor.

Is the system fair? Is it efficient? is there a better way? Ultimately, we must consider how we can get the most "bang for our buck" with our scarce resources, and the distribution of organs can be no different.

Who Plays God? (Organ Transplants)

This is a discussion of organ transplants and the shortage that exists. Understanding the scarcity of resources (including organs) is key to understanding health economics.

from Who Plays God? (1996)
Creator: Larry Klein
Posted by Linda Ghent