Study: Pay People $10K to Donate Kidneys
It would save money, ease waiting list, say researchers
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2013 4:00 PM CDT
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(Newser) – It sounds at first blush like the ultimate in crass capitalism, but a new study suggests that paying people $10,000 to donate a kidney would actually cut down on health care costs in the long run, ease waiting lists, and improve the lives of patients, reports NBC News. The Canadian researchers say that even if donations ticked up a modest 5%, that would save $340 per patient, thanks mostly to reduced dialysis costs. If donations went up 20%, it would save about $4,000 per patient, reports CTV News.

“We don’t have enough organ donors coming forward,” says the lead author of the study from the University of Calgary. “We shouldn’t throw out, out of hand, solutions that could increase donations.” One US transplant surgeon isn't swayed. “If we paid $10,000, a lot of altruistic donors would say that it’s just a cash transaction. Donations could go down.” It's all hypothetical for the time being, because paying for organs remains illegal in the US, Canada, and most everywhere else.

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fractal
Oct 26, 2013 1:12 PM CDT
Donating a kidney takes time and risk. Loss of wages. Pain. I don't think of this as a donor "profiting". I think of this as the donor being compensated for time and energy. Ten thousand is NOT a lot of money anymore...
BCS
Oct 26, 2013 11:27 AM CDT
Why give people economic opportunity when you can just buy their organs for pennies. Let's see...hmmm, who's going sell their kidney. A senator? No.... An out of work father, who can't afford to feed his family? Yup that's it. We could lower healthcare cost by not allowing all of our politicians to be in bed with the insurance companies. We could also pull our troops out of Japan and Germany and use that money for healthcare. Perhaps labeling GMO's would lower healthcare cost as well.
plain_speaking
Oct 26, 2013 7:42 AM CDT
If it is regulated.....why not...the seller could get appropriate medical screening and some helpful cash...the recipient would get life...I have a kid on the list and a cash incentive could bring more people "to the table"....and save her life,,,,I see no down side....