Currently it is illegal for a donor to receive any monetary reimbursement for organ donation. As the word “donation” suggests, the process does not warrant any transactions of funds.
In Canada, a new study has showed that people are warming to the concept of “dollars for donors” and the University of Calgary is looking at whether the promise of money could succeed where so-called “goodness of the heart” donations have failed to increase Canada’s stagnant organ donation rates.
Buying and selling organs and tissues is illegal, and the study enters some murky ethical territory. But Dr. Bradley Mann says that they’re “not talking about buying and selling organs in a hotel room in a shady area of Calgary. What we’re talking about is a third-party regulator that would offer compensation.”
“It’s a difficult subject to broach, but I think we could get over that,” said Manns, who specializes in treating kidney diseases and has seen patients die waiting for a new organ.
A survey found that reimbursement for funeral expenses for deceased donors and tax breaks for living donors were the most acceptable forms of incentives. But only 14% of health professionals support the idea while some find the idea of involving any type of reimbursement a repugnant idea.