Episode 372: How Do You Decide Who Gets Lungs? : Planet Money You're not allowed to buy and sell organs. So doctors created a different system. Today on the show: how do you decide who gets lungs?
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Episode 372: How Do You Decide Who Gets Lungs?

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Episode 372: How Do You Decide Who Gets Lungs?

Episode 372: How Do You Decide Who Gets Lungs?

Episode 372: How Do You Decide Who Gets Lungs?

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A message from Ashley Dias
Chana Joffe-Walt/NPR

For most things we have a way to distribute resources: we use money. You can buy and sell a gallon of gas.

But we don't let people buy and sell organs. Doctors have had to develop a different system.

Today on the show: how do you decide who gets lungs?

Note: Today's show is a rerun. It originally aired in May 2012.

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