Public Choice

, Volume 161, Issue 1–2, pp 257–259 | Cite as

T. Randolph Beard, David L. Kaserman, and Rigmar Osterkamp, The global organ shortage: economic causes, human consequences, policy responses

Stanford, CA, Stanford University Press, 2013, xv + 242 pp, USD 55.00 (cloth)
  • Peter Zweifel
Book Review

This book, written in memory of David L. Kaserman (1947–2008) of Auburn University, who himself suffered from congenital kidney disease, addresses a challenge that confronts few people but in a deadly way. In the United States alone, more than 10,000 persons die annually because of a shortage of organs for transplantation (Ch. 1). Kidney transplantation in particular results not ony in a far better quality of life, but is also very cost-effective, at an estimated $16,000 per quality-adjusted life year, which is far below the £30,000 threshold adopted by the UK National Health Service (Ch. 4). Yet some 93,000 U.S. kidney patients (as of 2012) wait for a median of 1,833 days (as of 2003) for a transplant. Other countries are not much better. For example, in Eurotransplant, comprising Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Solvenia, and Croatia, the modal waiting time is between 2 and 4 years; almost 30 % of patients (as of 2009) have been on the waiting list for 5 years or longer....


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of ZurichBad BleibergAustria

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