When people travel to another country to purchase an organ for transplant, this is known as transplant tourism. These foreign programs may appear appealing. However, transplant tourism poses severe risks to both donors and recipients.
Donors are frequently put at risk because they have not received the proper or comprehensive assessment. They do not always have access to medical care following a donation.
Recipients may not be given all the information they require about the donor to receive a successful transplant. The local team is powerless to ensure the transplant is carried out safely. The local team is frequently unable to obtain medical records from the location of the transplant. Recipients are frequently discharged from the hospital before they are ready. According to research, recipients are at a higher risk of infection, organ failure, cancer, or death.
The transplant team is heavily responsible for ensuring donors donate of their own volition and are not coerced into doing so.