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Old 04-07-2010, 02:15 PM
Location: Northeast Ohio
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As an interesting non-political debate, how much money would it take for you to donate a kidney if a multi-millionaire needed one? Or would you not donate it at all? Is it ethical to ask for money for organs?
We were just having this debate in my biology class before spring break.


I said at least 100,000 for me to consider it.

Old 04-07-2010, 02:27 PM
Location: Rural Central Texas
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I am not sure why money comes into it. If I were predisposed to donate a kidney to anyone, multi-millionaire or not, the word donate means I give it to them at no charge.

If your question was how much would I be willing to SELL my kidney for, that would become a dollar threshold issue and I am not sure why the buyers financial status would come into play. I would want to get top dollar for my supply items regardless of the buyer's ability to pay. It is true that the multi-millionaire would be more capable as a buyer, but if I felt my kidney was worth about $100,000 on the open market, why would I expect more for a richer person than a poorer one? The richer person would just buy one from someone else at the market price and leave me with my unsold kidney that the other kidney buyer could not afford.

As to the ethical question, why not? If we are to have a supply/demand economy with organs as a resource, then the best way to allocate them is through open market sales. If we are to arbitrarily decide that organ resources are to be excluded from the open market supply chain, then it is a legal issue rather than an ethical issue and the only ethical question remaining is should we break the law in order to profit from our organs.

The future of the organ market under a universal, government managed health care system is for the government to make those decisions for us anyway. We will not profit from our own organs. The health care provider will dictate our decision and keep the profits in the health care system for our benefit.
Old 04-07-2010, 02:32 PM
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Im not sure. I would have to investigate the health risks of losing a kidney. I have not done that. The higher the risk, the higher the payment i suppose.
Old 04-07-2010, 02:37 PM
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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They'd have to cover the cost of the surgery, and the time I would be out of work because of it. However, if I was "released" by my employer, that figure would obviously go up. I figure I have another 40 years of work at least in me.
Old 04-07-2010, 02:39 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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I do not need any more money, so the dollar amount is not relevant. It would only go into the bank with the rest of my money, and then to my estate. Basically, there isn't anything I would do just for the money. I'd even go so far as to drive somebody to the airport and not expect any payment.

I actually have a very close friend who is being prepped now for a kidney transplant, but he already has a donor. My kidneys are probably compromised, owing to my age and prior renal health issues, and I have no idea if I would be a match. He is well off enough and has no heirs, so as a guess, he is probably paying six figures.
Old 04-07-2010, 02:44 PM
Location: Indiana
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There isn't amount of money for which I would give up my kidney. I believe, I could be at considerable health risk to live with one kidney. Also the procedure involves more risk than people like to believe.
I would still donate my kidney to my close relative, if this was the only alternative to help him/her out.
Old 04-07-2010, 03:30 PM
Location: I think my user name clarifies that.
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I'd probably never sell a kidney to a stranger, but I'd donate one to one of my family members if it was needed.
Old 04-09-2010, 05:06 AM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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There is a genetic kidney disease in my family. I don't have it, but my sister does. I'd rather give it to her if she ever needs one, although I think they'll want a younger kidney if it ever comes to that. Might not. My mother is 81 and still has 40% use of her kidneys.
Old 04-09-2010, 05:51 AM
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My organs are priceless. I'd give them up to someone of my choosing (or if they are still good shortly after death, they can slice me up and give it to whom they please).

My main issue with putting a pricetag on organs is that if every human being is a walking multi-million dollar exchange for organs, there might be a high frequency of abductions to get people's organs and sell them on the black market. Hell, some people might have kids just for the sake of selling their organs when they grow up.

Sounds weird, but if you read the news these days, it is plausible.
Old 04-09-2010, 07:34 AM
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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How much money an organ recipient has or would be willing to give is totally immaterial. I would "need" expenses covered, not only medical expenses, but loss of salary, and reimbursement for long term medical care, if necessary, due to the surgery. That's all. . . .I will not sell my body in ANY way!
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