I chatted yesterday* with Sean Plunkett at RadioLive about compensation for live organ donors. My former student Liz Prasad showed that paying donors would save lives, improve quality of life among transplant recipients, and save the public health system rather a lot of money.
National’s Chris Bishop has a Member’s Bill that’s been drawn from the ballot that would increase compensation to live donors. If anything, I’d say his Bill could go even farther. In particular, the Israelis have done well by ensuring that live organ donors have priority access to organs should they ever need one. We could do that here as well, and provide a bit of added security for those giving that gift.
*Editor’s note: Originally posted at Offsetting Behaviour 9 July.