Tuesday, November 04, 2008

How much to pay an organ donor?


gigomole said...

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Dave said...

Allowing people to sell organs would save thousands of lives every year. As the organ shortage continues to grow, public opinion will eventually support a legal organ market and changes in public policy will follow.

In the mean time, there is an already-legal way to put a big dent in the organ shortage -- allocate donated organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die. The United Network for Organ Sharing, which manages the national organ allocation system, has the power to make this simple policy change. No legislative approval is required.

Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren't willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

Americans who want to donate their organs to other registered organ donors don't have to wait for UNOS to act. They can join LifeSharers, a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.

rich can pay said...

it will be absolute disaster if the PAP decides who and how much.
same situation for euthanasia.

Anonymous said...

Dave, the difference is in the USA organ donation is opt-in. That is, donors make a conscious choice to donate.

In Singapore, organ donation is compulsory (unless one opts out) upon untimely death. The implication of not opting-out are not well-publicised. This led to an incident where the police were called in to fight-off and arrest a family of brain-dead patient.

In addition, the allocation of harvested organs is kept secret, no Freedom of Information Act here in Singapore. Add sale of organs into this lack of transparency...

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