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    Human Organs For Sale?

    U.S. federal law bans the sale of human organs. However with the demand for kidney transplants far outstripping the number of donors, some economists are urging the adoption of market-based innovations to increase supply. I have linked a paper authored by economists Gary S. Becker and Julio Elias, who argue that monetary incentives are the most efficient way to boost the number of organs available for transplant, and should be introduced.

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    Re: Human Organs For Sale?

    Organ donation is roughly analogous to college athletics. Everyone manages to make money in the process, except the one who is actually providing the "material". They are expected to sacrifice their body for "free" or are looked down upon, by those same people who are rolling in the dough.


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    Re: Human Organs For Sale?

    Quote Originally Posted by herbiedoobie View Post
    Organ donation is roughly analogous to college athletics. Everyone manages to make money in the process, except the one who is actually providing the "material". They are expected to sacrifice their body for "free" or are looked down upon, by those same people who are rolling in the dough.
    ...But your dead, I don't think anyone is forcing you to give up a kidney while you're living or be an outcast. You should do it because it's the right thing to do, what kind of compensation would you propose for the dead?



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    Re: Human Organs For Sale?

    That would make a Terry Schiavo case a little more intriguing, wouldn't it? Technically you could donate a kidney and just live with one.



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    Re: Human Organs For Sale?

    Well technically you could donate your eyes to some blind kid and be fine, but I highly doubt people would look down on you if you didn't.



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    Re: Human Organs For Sale?

    Human Organ discussion in one thread and fast food burgers in another.

    *sigh.

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    Re: Human Organs For Sale?

    What! Where is this discussion of fast food burgers?! I want in.



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    Re: Human Organs For Sale?

    What can you lose....1 kidney, 1 lung, half liver, gallbladder, appendix. Am I missing one?



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    Testicle?

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    Re: Human Organs For Sale?

    Keepn, just because you may be able to survive this long with one doesn't mean the rest of us are willing.



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    Re: Human Organs For Sale?

    Quote Originally Posted by keepngoal View Post
    Testicle?

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    There is no way I would lose that badboy. My junk is staying with me till I rest in the soil.



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    Re: Human Organs For Sale?

    An excerpt from the linked article....

    "Interestingly, in Iran payment to live donors of organs is legal, but the Iranian theocratic government outlaws the use of organs from cadevers for transplants because that is assumed to violate the Koran."

    Personally, I found Table 5 to be interesting. Table 5 considers the most important arguments that have been advanced against payment for organs by comparing that system with issues raised by a volunteer army (see page 45).



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    Re: Human Organs For Sale?

    Quote Originally Posted by alaskaguy View Post
    An excerpt from the linked article....

    "Interestingly, in Iran payment to live donors of organs is legal, but the Iranian theocratic government outlaws the use of organs from cadevers for transplants because that is assumed to violate the Koran."

    Personally, I found Table 5 to be interesting. Table 5 considers the most important arguments that have been advanced against payment for organs by comparing that system with issues raised by a volunteer army (see page 45).

    Page 45 ????

    This is completely unreasonable. At best you can expect us internet posters to click on the link and read the abstract. Getting to page 45 is just way out of line

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    Re: Human Organs For Sale?

    About 5 years ago I signed up for a Liver Transplant. It was a free website you can log onto and sign it just in case you needed a new liver. You could also order a shirt with your rank and number on it to wear while you went out drinking. I'm wondering where I stand on the list, but alas I can't find the website anymore.


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