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Paid Organ Donor Schemes

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:04 am
by The Slider
One of the pieces I wrote for my Health Economics subject two years ago was centered on payment for organ donors; from an economic sense I argued in favour for. It was an interesting exercise to purely look at the topic from a financial perspective as opposed to an ethical one. Certainly, one thing that was clear from the literature was that those waiting for organ transplants - most notably, end stage renal disease patients who otherwise require regular dialysis - are a huge financial burden on health services around the world.

Expanding from a purely economical sense and bringing in other factors, would you support and reject a paid organ donation scheme? Does your country already have such a scheme?

Re: Paid Organ Donor Schemes

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:30 pm
by SOLDIERofficer81
Yes, I think I support a paid organ donation scheme. My only concerns are that the donors aren't abused while at the same time, they can't abuse the system. I hate to say it, since I would prefer market forces to be at work. But I think, price controls would be necessary? So that the price of an organ doesn't spiral out of control?

Re: Paid Organ Donor Schemes

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:03 pm
by Sephiroth9611
I will have to think about this and consult some sources. I can't divorce myself from the ethical considerations. However, while I do agree with SOLDIER in that some kind of price control would be needed, I can't get past the idea that once government (or whatever third party one has in mind) is invited in to moderate things, it'll just end up picking winners and losers like it always does.