Pay donors?

By Eric Crampton 12/07/2015

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.

The audio of the interview is here.

*Editor’s note: Originally posted at Offsetting Behaviour 9 July.

0 Responses to “Pay donors?”

  • Hi Eric
    Could you post a link/citation for Liz’s article please. In the course of my research I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with several kidney donors – and they are all heroes to me.

  • It was a Masters Thesis at Canterbury last year; it should be available from the usual source there. If it isn’t, let me know and I’ll dig. Liz is currently doing a condensed version of it of the New Zealand Initiative.