Tehran (ISNA) – People used to travel to developing countries to receive the types of medical treatment that were not available in their home countries. However, in case of organ transplant, the route has mostly reversed from wealthier to less costly countries for the sake of economic issues or by-passing the legal barriers.
Organ shortage in wealthier countries has persuaded several patients to preclude long-term organ waiting lists in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and European countries and travel to other countries, to receive allografts, especially kidneys. On the other hand, in some countries such as Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Uganda, and many other countries, no transplant program is available, and hemodialysis is expensive and not covered by public health care systems. In these countries, Patients with renal diseases may eventually be forced to travel abroad to get a kidney allograft to save their lives.
Regulations Against Transplant Tourism
In most countries, organ trafficking is against the law and a transplant can only be received from cadavers or living relatives.
Transplant tourism is one of the most unacceptable aspects of medical tourism, implicating travel to another country to receive an allograft from the citizens of that country. Organ shortages in wealthier countries have persuaded patients to preclude organ waiting lists and travel to other countries to get organs, especially kidneys. On the other hand, in many countries, there is no transplant program, and hemodialysis Is expensive. So, patients with end-stage kidney disease may have to travel abroad to get a kidney allograft to save their lives.
Kidney Transplant Surgery in Iran
The first kidney transplantation abroad was carried out in 1967. The rate of kidney transplant surgery has been constantly raising, reaching up to 2,500 per year, recently.
Iranian kidney transplant foundation was founded in 1988 to meet and regulate the demand for kidney transplant. recipients will be matched with live unrelated donors through this foundation.
In Iran, regulations were adopted to prevent transplant tourism, whereby foreigners from other countries were not allowed to receive a kidney from citizens of Iran. In most countries, a live allograft can only be received from a close relative (first degree). However, Iran allows kidney transplants to any two citizens of the same country.
Kidney transplant in Iran requires approval from two legal authorities: ministry of foreign affairs and ministry of health, which can issue the necessary permit to the hospital to perform the surgery.
Due to detection of more than 300 kidney transplants, from Iranian donors to Foreigners, in 2014, strict regulations were made. Interestingly, before 2014 there was no waiting list for kidney transplant, after which the list was made.
All these strict rules and regulations make the process of getting legal approval from the government bodies very complicated. Therefore, many have turned to experienced medical tourism companies, to assist them through this process.
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