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When government can’t transplant

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The state of Arizona is getting a lot of bad press for its decision to limit tax dollars for organ transplants. This criticism is unwarranted. These transplants and other similar high-cost, high-risk medical procedures will bankrupt the state because the demand exceeds the supply.

If government manages the funding of transplants, the infamous "death panels" are inevitable. The only proper way to make decisions about how much money should be spent on these operations and who should get them is a voluntary system that allows donors of both money and organs to decide how their respective resources will be allocated. This cannot and should not be done by government. We need a return to charity hospitals of past years, and, in the meantime, establishment of a system that allows and organizes these voluntary decisions.

ROY MILLER

Phoenix, Ariz.

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