The case of a candidate for a liver transplant being removed – and then reinstated – on a transplant list because of social media pictures showing him consuming alcohol, has been debated by medical ethicists. They pose the question: How far can a physician or health care provider go to monitor patient conduct and compliance. In this case, after a liver transplant candidate was observed in photographs consuming what appeared to be alcohol, being removed from the transplant list was tantamount to a death sentence. It also raises questions of priority. Should a candidate for a liver transplant have a spot in line ahead of a patient who is compliant with medical instructions and do not drink?

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