Medical travel and the sale of human biological materials: suggestions for ethical policy development

Martin, Dominique 2010, Medical travel and the sale of human biological materials: suggestions for ethical policy development, Global social policy, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 377-395, doi: 10.1177/1468018110379979.

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Title Medical travel and the sale of human biological materials: suggestions for ethical policy development
Author(s) Martin, DominiqueORCID iD for Martin, Dominique orcid.org/0000-0001-9363-0770
Journal name Global social policy
Volume number 10
Issue number 3
Start page 377
End page 395
Total pages 19
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng
Publication date 2010-12
ISSN 1468-0181
1741-2803
Keyword(s) ethics
gamete donation
medical travel
organ transplantation
tourism
Summary The international medical travel industry includes patients seeking to access human biological materials (HBM) including gametes, organs and stem cells. Of the various niche markets, ‘transplant tourism’ has earned global condemnation and efforts to eradicate cross-border trade in organs, while other markets continue to expand. This article reviews the ethical issues raised by medical travel for HBM, in particular those concerning trade in HBM. It argues that a more consistent approach to the regulation of cross-border trade is imperative to ensure that the perils of ‘transplant tourism’ are not replicated in other markets. In addition, it discusses the role of the self-sufficiency model in assisting the development of ethical and practical policies regarding the procurement and use of human biological materials at a national level, thereby minimizing demand for medical travel.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1468018110379979
Field of Research 220106 Medical Ethics
Socio Economic Objective 920208 Health Policy Evaluation
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2010, The Authors
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