Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2013-101336
Title: Organs as inheritable property?
Authors: Voo, T.C. 
Holm, S.
Issue Date: Jan-2014
Citation: Voo, T.C., Holm, S. (2014-01). Organs as inheritable property?. Journal of Medical Ethics 40 (1) : 57-61. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2013-101336
Abstract: It has been argued that organs should be treated as individual tradable property like other material possessions and assets, on the basis that this wouldpromote individual freedom and increase efficiency in addressing the shortage of organs for transplantation. If organs are to be treated as property, should they be inheritable? This paper seeks to contribute to the idea of organs as inheritable property by providing a defence of a default of the family of a dead person as inheritors of transplantable organs. In the course of discussion,various succession rules for organs and their justifications will be suggested. We then consider two objections to organs as inheritable property. Our intention here is to provoke further thought on whether ownership of one's body parts should be assimilated to property ownership.
Source Title: Journal of Medical Ethics
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/109502
ISSN: 03066800
DOI: 10.1136/medethics-2013-101336
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