Desperately Seeking a Kidney
Re: The Huckabee Factor (article, December 16, 2007):
If kidney donors were guaranteed preferred treatment in the event that they themselves or a close relative needed a transplant, a major obstacle to organ donation would be addressed. People may see the spare kidney as their family's reserve, and so not theirs to give away. They may also worry about giving up their own reserve without assurance of a backup. Giving donors priority for future transplants would alleviate both concerns.
[Note: kidney donors (but not their kin) already get preferred treatment; did not know that when I wrote the letter].