Need Cash? Got a Kidney?

Personal kidney sales ($50K a pop) would speed up system, Aussie doc says
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2008 6:17 PM CDT
Dr. Rebecka Meyers begins operating on Maliyah Herrin for a transplant Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City.   (AP Photo/Al Hartmann, Pool)
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(Newser) – An Australian doctor says the young and healthy should be allowed to sell a kidney for $50,000 Australian (about $47,000 US). Otherwise, patients either languish for years without a needed transplant or travel to third-world countries where they can buy organs on the black market, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

"We've tried everything to drum up support for organ donation and the rates have not risen in 10 years," says Dr. Gavin Carney. "People just don't seem willing to give their organs away for free."