Despite dire organ shortages for ailing British patients, the livers of 50 UK donors were sold to foreigners for nearly $110,000 each, the Times of London reports. Forty patients from Greece and Cyprus—as well as others from non-EU nations including Libya, the UAE, China, and Israel—received liver transplants in Britain at the expense of their governments.
The private transplant operations took place at publicly funded hospitals, and surgeons received about $40,000 of the operation fee. One doctor called the practice “inappropriate.” But European law allows patients from member states to seek treatment in Britain, which isn’t compelled to treat them. A record 8,000 Britons are on public lists waiting for organ transplants.