Monday, March 08, 2010

Free Movie Tix to Donate Blood, But Not a Kidney?


You can donate blood and receive two free movie tickets, or cookies (see photo above, courtesy of Virginia Postrel) but according to The National Organ Transplant Act of 1984 (co-sponsored by Al Gore and Orrin Hatch), it would be illegal to receive any compensation, even a movie ticket or cookie, for providing a kidney.

HT: Virginia Postrel on the John Stossel program last week.

7 Comments:

At 3/09/2010 12:09 AM, Anonymous Ian Random said...

As far as organ donations go, I was wondering about a compromise to persuade families of brain dead patients. I think people have a problem with outright paying someone for organs, but what about for outstanding medical bills and funeral costs.

 
At 3/09/2010 2:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As blood kidney cannot be reproduce in human body.

 
At 3/09/2010 2:56 AM, Blogger sethstorm said...

Let me know when kidneys can be regenerated like one can regenerate components of blood. That is, organs that are accepted as if they were the original organ.

When you can do that(and not need to do a transplant) then there might be room to sell.

 
At 3/09/2010 6:50 AM, Blogger randian said...

When you can do that(and not need to do a transplant) then there might be room to sell.

It's ok to sell only when it's not necessary? That's stupid.

 
At 3/09/2010 9:58 AM, Blogger juandos said...

John Stossel also loved Boudreaux's letter to Obama...

Note the basic observation that Stossel makes: "So many Americans hate business and remain clueless about markets that politicians thrive by pandering to their ignorance. The president is no exception in his eagerness to replace insurance with some kind of expanded welfare state"...

 
At 3/09/2010 10:09 AM, Blogger Virginia Postrel said...

The most valuable consideration for the blood at UCLA is the one most people won't immediately understand from the sign. Staff who donate blood get four hours paid leave.

 
At 3/09/2010 1:13 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...


It's ok to sell only when it's not necessary? That's stupid.

No.

When you don't have to do a transplant to get an organ, then there might be room to sell. Not when you don't need it.

 

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