Angry Doctor

Monday, September 29, 2008

How much is that kidney in the window? 3

Well, "tens of thousands of dollars", it seems.

Cash for your kidney
Details to be announced next year, being worked out

THE Government is studying ways to reimburse living donors who donate their organs to unrelated recipients, Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan revealed yesterday.

The reimbursement amounts have not been determined and details will only be announced early next year, when the Human Organ Trading Act will be amended, he said. But he expected the reimbursement per donor to be in the “tens of thousands of dollars”.

In computing the appropriate reimbursement amounts, the Health Ministry will consider many factors, including the donor’s age and the additional medical expenses incurred after donating the organ, Mr Khaw said.

Two conditions have to be fulfilled to ensure a proper framework for live organ donations. First, the donor must be fully informed of the consequences and risks of giving away an organ or part of an organ. The other condition is that he or she must be offered suitable reimbursement for life.

The National Kidney Foundation may be one non-government organisation that can contribute to the reimbursement amounts, Mr Khaw said.

The foundation is studying how it can raise additional funds to support the donors and protect their welfare, he added.

Reimbursing living organdonors is a globally acceptable ethical thing to do, Mr Khaw said. This is better than leaving it to the black market where the donors are clearly exploited, he added.

Mr Khaw was speaking yesterday to reporters at the re-opening of Woodlands Polyclinic. He had returned recently from Manila where he attended a World Health Organization meeting and visited a village in which people had sold their kidneys for monetary gain.

Members of Parliament Today spoke to then were in favour of the idea of third-party compensation for donors, but they said the critical issue was preventing the financial gain from becoming the main reason for organ donation.

Madam Halimah Yacob, who chairs the Government Parliamentary Committee for Health, suggested a system wherein organ recipients donate to a fund held by avoluntary welfare organisation or religious body, and the donor draws on that fund for medical treatments or to cover insurance premiums.

Looks like it is going to be cheaper than angry doc had predicted.

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  • interestingly, Iran has a well regulatd regime.

    The money paid by receipient is divided into 3 segments (in no order)....

    a) Cash for the Organ donor
    b) Cash for transplant
    c) Cash for future medical needs of the organ donor


    By Anonymous Anonymous, At October 07, 2008 12:49 am  

  • There is however, another perspective that is often neglected. In fact I have not come across any readings which have pointed this out...perhaps the truth is too uncomfortably close.

    To some extent this resonates with an earlier post on the 'commodification of health care'. I can't help noticing that the proponents of organ trade are either patients/relatives of patients, or doctors/surgeons involved with managing such patients.....and (dare I say it...the Ministry of Health (although it is giving the impression of moving slowly on the issue, there is little doubt it is moving determinedly towards the eventuality).

    Some of my thots in my blogpost...

    By Blogger gigomole, At October 30, 2008 8:42 am  

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