By James R. Jolin
The United States is facing an organ donation crisis, with massive gaps between supply and demand.
Per estimates from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), over 106,000 Americans are currently awaiting this life-saving medical treatment. Further, the burden of this shortage falls unequally: in 2020, while approximately 48% of white patients in need of transplants received an organ, only 27% of Black patients secured one.
The stakes are too high to allow the organ donation crisis to proceed in the U.S. without bold intervention. But with many policy options on the table, unresolved ethical concerns, and a patchwork of organ donation laws across the country, the proper path forward is not immediately clear.