Human Exceptionalism

Poor People Only Need One Kidney

The drive to turn living human bodies of the poor and destitute into natural resources for the well off continues.

Now, the oh, so liberal Canadian Broadcasting Corporation boosts organ buying, based on advocacy from the heart of the medical intelligentsia. From the story:

Paying living kidney donors $10,000 could boost donations and cost effectively improve quality of life for people who would otherwise be on dialysis, say Canadian doctors who modelled the idea. Kidney transplants offer better outcomes than dialysis for people with kidney failure, but donation rates from living and deceased donors haven’t changed much over the last decade, doctors say. Currently, there is no compensation or incentives for donors in Canada although donors’ expenses can be reimbursed.

“Our model demonstrated that a strategy where living donors are paid $10,000, with a corresponding assumption this strategy would increase the number of transplants performed among wait-listed dialysis patients by five per cent, would be less costly and more effective than the current organ donation system,” Lianne Barnieh of the University of Calgary and her co-authors concluded in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Well, cost effective is the only thing that matters.

If organs can be purchased like a steak at a butcher shop, only the desperate poor will sell (and perhaps, unemployed college grads with a lot of student debt). It’s that simple–and exploitive. 

But don’t worry. Poor people and unemployed college grads don’t need two kidneys. Most–although not all–will do just fine with one. 

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