A recent documentary produced by South Korean TV Chosun that aired in November 2017 explores ethical dilemmas facing Koreans regarding organ transplantation. The film explains that only ten percent of the 32,000 Koreans currently waiting for organs will ever receive them. As South Korea has low voluntary organ donation rates, many Koreans choose to forgo the five year wait for a kidney transplant and instead, take advantage of the easy access to and short wait times for organs in Chinese hospitals.
The “Investigative Report 7” team traveled to an unnamed hospital in Tianjin, China with the medical documents of a Korean man in need of a kidney to inquire about obtaining an organ for him. With hidden cameras they interviewed the head nurse and an elderly Korean patient who was recovering from a recent transplant operation.