(Closed) Should people be paid for donating bodily fluids or organs?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: People should be paid for donating

    Nothing

    All of the below

    Blood

    Specific blood products - eg. plasma

    Sperm

    Eggs

    A kidney

    Hair

  • Post # 32
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think that you can view this however you want but without some compensation I doubt most people would go to the trouble. (Take time out of their day, experience pain and discomfort for most of them, etc.) I think some incentive is appropriate. 

    Post # 33
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    A modest stipend would mean a larger donor pool and more organs for those in need. By “modest” I mean a few dollars for hair, maybe $10k for a kidney or liver. Funded by the transplant hospital or insurance or government, all of which would recover those fees by not having to provide extended dialysis or other treatments. Less time waiting for transplants = less medical treatment needed. Absolutely not privatized; doctors should still pair organs with donors based on need. For those who say the rich will harvest organs from the poor, it’s a sad fact that the rich rarely need to resort to the same extreme measures that the poor do, just to survive, which is why you’d need the organ assignment done by a non-vested party. No one seems bothered that the sons and daughters of wealthy families rarely end up enlisting for combat forces, yet we send the sons and daughters of lower-middle-class and poor families to Iraq and Syria pretty damn frequently.

    Post # 34
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @AB Bride:  We were just discussing this at work, ER nurse here. Well it may be nice and we could save many lives it becomes a hazard for people. We dont get correct medical history, family members even lie to donate to eachother, people on hard times would be coming in just for the money, people being forced to donate. They are still trying to study the side effects of certain organ donations, but the main conclussion is that no money should be handed over. I do like the idea other countries have that if you die you are an automatic organ donor unless you fill out a form.

    Post # 35
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    Bumble bee

    In New Zealand, it’s illegal to receive any payment for the “donation” of human tissue.  I’m not sure if that includes hair?  Technically, I guess it must, although to me donating hair seems completely different to donating live tissue.

    Post # 36
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

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    @ladyamalthea:  She can be pretty awesome sometimes.  We actually knew the kid’s family (she was in school with one of his sisters), but we weren’t close with them. She wound up hearing that he needed a transplant and when she heard they had the same blood type she decided to call and see about getting testing done. It was a pretty intense process, but it was completely worth it.

    I’m registered as an Organ Donor and already told my BF that I put my liver on reserve for this kid if he ever needs another one (and if I pass all the tests; my RH factor is different then his so I don’t know if that would limit what I could do).

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    @WillowTreeWade:  You’re awesome. End of story. Smile

    Post # 37
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

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    @Horseradish:  I like your third party  payment idea.

    I’m torn overall. In Nz, as a pp said, it is all illegal. As a result, there is a years long waiting list for a sperm or egg donor. Compare this to the US, where it is much faster. this is important considering that fertility is finite.

    OTOH, I think it has the potential to cause harm if done badly.

    Post # 38
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

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    @Bebealways:  +200, It’s not just doing a good deed. It’s also that people need money and if the money paid will be nothing in the grand scheme of things, and will save lives (which will help with grant money given to the organizations that successfully save more lives)…it evens out and if it helps with motivation to get people to help donate, I’m sure it’s worth it or they wouldn’t offer so much compensation for some specific kinds of donations

    Post # 39
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

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    @minted:  that’s a great point. that’s why getting points of view from all sides helps significantly!

    Post # 40
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    Busy bee

    I vote no! Getting people to donate for the wrong reasons spurs up a whole host of issues, that the PP have already covered. 

    Post # 42
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I should get to choose what of my body get paid for or goes for free (donation), provided I have the mental capacity to understand the ramifications. It’s my body. 

    Post # 43
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

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    @AB Bride:  Spain, Belgium and most recently I think Wales passed it too. It is a European system that is slowly spreading to more countries but it seems to be hindered by religious belief.

    Post # 44
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    So… in the UK, we don’t get paid for anything, which I think is OK. There are so many ethical problems involved once money comes into it, and I’m worried about organ farming. Also, blood is essential for life, and I think that people should give things like blood for the good of society. It is another way of paying back social debt. You don’t get compensated for that. It should be expected, IMO.

    I would make an exception for sperm and eggs because these donations are not essential for the functioning of society and medical science. They are not donated to save lives or to tangibly improve the quality of life of others, but to create life. They are “optional extras” as it were, and I don’t see why people shouldn’t be compensated for going beyond what should be required of them.

    Post # 45
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

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    @minted:  ?? Curious. Passed what exactly?

    Post # 46
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

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    @Rachel631:  They passed a measure or something so that in a few years you have to opt out of being an organ donor instead of opting in. Its so the default is being a donor if you die which increases the availability to people in need, but you dont get payment. You can opt out just by checking a box. I think it was just passed in wales June or July this year.

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