Monday, April 30, 2007

A Market For Organs 

Sally Satel, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, today makes the logical case in the Washington Post for reimbursing organ donors for providing their body parts to others. She points out that too many people are losing their lives while on wait lists. Here's her point:

A growing number of physicians, legal scholars and ethicists are urging pilot studies of a regulated system with strong donor protections. This would require Congress to amend the 1984 National Organ Transplant Act so people who give organs could receive "valuable consideration." Such consideration could take many forms, perhaps something as simple as offering them lifelong Medicare coverage. This could also serve as a compelling incentive to other prospective donors. Or Congress could grant waivers so that states can implement their own creative incentive ideas, perhaps using tax credits or tuition vouchers.
Of course, Ms. Satel received a kidney from former Reason Magazine editor Virginia Postrel.

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