Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Markets in Everything: Blood in Bulgaria

Bulgaria's black market in blood is flourishing.

6 Comments:

At 5/24/2011 6:39 PM, Blogger Benjamin said...

Many of the purchases are made in Transylvania.

 
At 5/25/2011 4:50 AM, Blogger Emil Perhinschi said...

the article does not make sense:

"He gets a proof of donation certificate and sells it to the desperate family. The blood heads off to be checked, and if it is found to be disease-free it goes toward filling the clinic's reserves."

So, somebody is in dire need of a transfusion, a relative or friend pays a blood donor, and the blood does not gets to the person in dire need, not even after hours days of tests (not all cultures mature in a few hours), but gets into the clinic's reserves ?

There are already compensation schemes for blood donors ... but "selling blood" makes so much better tabloid news.

 
At 5/25/2011 6:16 AM, Blogger geoih said...

Obviously the solution is to simply confiscate people's blood. (That's a joke.)

Let the market function. It's already solved the blood shortage problem. It's the government that's the problem.

Supply and demand. Learn it.

 
At 5/25/2011 12:53 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"He gets a proof of donation certificate and sells it to the desperate family. The blood heads off to be checked, and if it is found to be disease-free it goes toward filling the clinic's reserves."

The previous sentence explains it:

"Once a deal is struck, a donor hanging out nearby — or at most a phone call away — is summoned, and turns up at the blood clinic masquerading as a relative."

Apparently there are few voluntary donors in Bulgaria, and money to pay donors is scarce, so blood reserves are low. A relative donating the required blood type earns the patient the needed blood from the reserve.

 
At 5/26/2011 4:58 PM, Blogger misterjosh said...

Why wouldn't somebody give as often as they can and then sell the donation certs? Seems like that would be a lot easier.

Lots of people get paid for blood - I don't know why the donor shouldn't be one of them.

 
At 5/27/2011 3:22 AM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"Why wouldn't somebody give as often as they can and then sell the donation certs? Seems like that would be a lot easier.

Lots of people get paid for blood - I don't know why the donor shouldn't be one of them.
"

?? Isn't that what this article is about?

 

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