Solving the kidney donor shortage is related to a number of other issues in the United States and around the world.
These issues span economics, equal access, and public health to name a few examples:
It costs billions of dollars to care for patients who are suffering from End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and there is a large per-person cost to treat patients who rely on dialysis. Solving the organ donor shortage would result in huge cost savings for the nation and better quality of life for patients.
Research has shown there are racial/ethnic disparities in the receipt of kidney transplants. Educating more patients about transplant as a treatment option can address this disparity for minority and underserved populations.
ESRD can affect a person's health in multiple ways and is often related to other major health problems, including obesity and diabetes.