A new column by double kidney recipient Sally Satel illuminates the way how the organ donation restrictions from the 1980s are counter-productive, and how new pilot programs that offer incentives for living kidney donors might improve the situation.
The pilots would test how various rewards resonate. Rather than large sums of cash, potential rewards could include a contribution to the donor’s retirement fund, an income tax credit or a tuition voucher, lifetime health insurance, a contribution to a charity of the donor’s choice, or loan forgiveness. Only the government, or a government-designated charity, would be allowed to distribute these benefits. (The funds could potentially come from the savings of stopping dialysis, which costs roughly $80,000 a year per person.) In other words, needy patients would receive kidneys regardless of their ability to reward donors out of their own pockets.
Read the full Slate column here.
If you wish to become a registered organ donor, please register here.Source: Slate