(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 # 62
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    Bee Keeper
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    @LoggerHead91207:  Yeah, medical ignorance in the general public is astouding. We have to call some national hotline to even see if a patient who has died is eligable to be a donor, and we cant do that until they are 100% clinically dead. No one is standing with a scapel as you circle the drain. Docs have egos and patients dying isnt good for them. No one likes dead patients.

     

    Post # 63
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    Bumble bee
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    @chasesgirl:  Exactly. I wish that more people were aware of this stuff and didn’t just believe all the urban legends they here. Maybe then more people wouldn’t die – like the 19 year-old girl from my hometown. She survived one liver transplant, only to have it fail when she got an infection and was taken off her anti-rejection meds. They almost had a match a few times. The last time the surgery was turned down because she wasn’t healthy enough. She wound up being put on life support and her parents made the decision to have her taken off because they didn’t feel it was fair to her. It was absolutely horrible and makes me so incredibly worried for my sister’s liver buddy. He’s still doing ok, but he definitely has good and bad days (that’s what happens with Cystic Fibrosis though).

    Post # 64
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    Bumble bee
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    @Rachel631:  LOVE the idea of having an opt-out program here in the states! I doubt it would ever get installed here though; people love to argue and bitch about everything and anything. Nothing ever gets done.

    And I was under the impression that all the major religions were ok with organ donation. I could be wrong though.

    Post # 65
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    Bumble Beekeeper
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    @LoggerHead91207:  “I was under the impression that all the major religions were ok with organ donation”

    So was I! I suspect this is going to be one of these media things where “religious groups” get blamed for something which they don’t really stand for. I read some of the articles on Wales, and the “religious group” who objected were actually a Christian medical ethics group who objected on medical, and not religious, grounds.

    Anything to sell more newspapers, I guess…

    Post # 66
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    Bumble bee
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    the reason why people get paid for plasma but not blood at certain donation clinics is because plasma is used in the manufacture of certain pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. so it’s those companies forking over the $$ for it. 

    if you donate plasma at an actual blood bank, you will not get money for it, and you can be sure it will go to patients who need it. 

    I’m not against donating plasma for money – I used to do it in college. it basically paid for my groceries.

    Post # 67
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    @minted:  I think that is great! in the US, even if a person has the “I want to be a donor” symbol on their drivers license, they still might not get to donate their organs. their family could overrule it. it makes me sad. 

    my husband and I have an agreement that if he gets in an accident, I will defend his choice of being a donor (we mean to put it in our wills but haven’t gotten around to it yet).  I’m actually part of an official registry which (I think) is legally binding. nobody in my family can overrule my choice, and one can specify which organs they do and do not want donated.  I’m also in the bone marrow registry. 

    Post # 68
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    Bumble bee
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    @Rachel631:  Exactly! I’m not religious myself, but if you’re going to blame religious groups for something at least make sure it’s true!

    Post # 69
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    Considering a lot of people are money hungry, we wouldn’t have as many donations if it weren’t for the option to pay. I will always donate free of charge but I do think the option of paying is reasonable as well to get as many donations as possible

    Post # 70
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    Bumble Beekeeper
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    @LoggerHead91207:  It seems to be a fall back position for people trying to sell newspapers. I mean, everyone quoted the Catholic church extensively during our recent gay marriage debate… but nobody mentioned that some Methodists, Quakers, and even some Church of England ministers have been marrying gay couples since the early 1980s.

    Our new gay marriage law, coincidentally, now makes it illegal for C of E ministers to marry those couples. Nobody talked about that in the press either.

    The older I get, the more I hate the press… they simplify everything and the masses just lap it up! Anyway… I’ll stop threadjacking now…

    Post # 71
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    @AB Bride:  I don’t think so. In Australia, you don’t get paid to donate blood – which I have done. It’s just something I’ve done because I want to help others. Also, after reading a story in a magazine about a young mum who died waiting for a bone marrow transplant, it broke my heart and I joined up to be a bone marrow donor. You don’t get paid for that, although your medical expenses are covered. The way I figure, it’s something small I can do to change somebody’s life. I haven’t heard anything from the bone marrow donor registry, but they did say the chances of being a match are extremely small. I think it’s much better for people to give without receiving anything in return – it means that the gift is that much more special. However, maybe payment would encourage more people to give. I might go and donate blood during my Christmas holidays. 

    Post # 72
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    Honey bee

    If it something that can be “re-generated,” not necessary to continue living a healthy life and can be given safely, I see no problem in compensation.

    Therefore, plasma, eggs and sperm would fall in that category. Technically blood could, but since it is needed at a higher quantity and so many people already donate it, I don’t think compensation is needed for it.

    Post # 73
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    Honey bee
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    As far as I know, you already get paid for donating eggs and plasma. I don’t know how it is with eggs, but I know that you’re not technically being paid for your plasma, just your time. 

     

    ETA: When it comes to donating blood, I’m cool with a free t shirt. 

     

    Post # 75
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I think donating blood and plasma should be out of the kindness of your heart. I think that donating eggs and sperm should warrant compensation.

    Post # 76
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    It would probably encourage more people to do it but that means it is no longer a donation. It sounds more like trafficking to me! Well, except hair. That isn’t too painful to lose 😛 

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