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Volume 7  Number 4  •  Spring 2003
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A Free Market in Kidneys Would Be Efficient and Equitable: A Case of Too Much Romance
By Michael Brooks
This article appeared in the Spring 2003 issue of The Independent Review

Barnett, Saliba and Walker have argued that a market for kidneys can be made efficient and equitable if government acts as a third-party payer-of-last-resort. But because their analysis rests on an overly romantic view of government, their conclusion—that the medical shortage would be eliminated and everyone who could benefit from a kidney transplant would be able to get one—does not hold.