Should Compensation For Organ Donation Be Legal?
Last week, a federal appeals court ruled that most bone marrow donors can be paid. The decision has revived debate among advocates who believe compensation will create incentives for people to donate and critics who argue that it may compromise patient safety. On today’s show, we dig into the thorny issue of paying for organs. We’ll hear from a donor, a recipient, and a medical ethicist, who says it’s a slippery slope when you start treating the body like a commodity.
Alexander Berger, a research analyst for GiveWell, a nonprofit that researches charities to help donors decide where to give. Wrote an op/ed in Monday’s NYT, “Why Selling Kidneys Should be Legal.” Almost directly after our conversation, he’ll be reporting to the hospital for his kidney extraction surgery.
Dr. Sally Satel, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, author of When Altruism Isn't Enough: The Case for Compensating Organ Donors, and herself, the recipient of a donatedkidney.
Dr. Michael Grodin, medical ethicist and professor in theDepartment of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights at Boston UniversitySchool of Public Health. Professor Grodin also served on the Ethics Committee of the Massachusetts Center for Organ Transplantation
A Donor Makes the Case That Kidney Sales Should Be Legal (NY TImes)