Steve Jobs’ recent liver transplant is raising questions of how money can influence such situations.

A celebrity like Apple CEO Steve Jobs scores a rare organ transplant and the world wonders: How? The rich have plenty of advantages that others don’t. But winning the “transplant lottery” involves more than the size of your wallet — and true medical need. A Tennessee hospital has confirmed that it performed a liver transplant for Jobs, putting him among the lucky 6,500 or so Americans each year who get these operations. Nearly 16,000 others are waiting now for such a chance. No one can buy a transplant — that’s against federal law. And no one is suggesting that Jobs or the Memphis doctors who treated him bent any rules to show him favor. The hospital said he was the sickest person waiting for a liver when one became available. – From USA Today