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Debate fuels controversy over paid-for live organ donation

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 13 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:66
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    A recent symposium in Essen on living organ donation has further fuelled a controversial discussion on the commercialisation of organ donation in Germany.

    Speaking at the conference, transplant surgeon Christoph Broelsch, from Essen, called for a discussion on financial rewards for living donation of kidney or liver segments.

    His comments followed a talk by guest speaker, the American nobel prize winner and economist Gary S. Becker, who suggested that financial incentives for organ donation should be considered in order to prevent the development of black markets.

    Broelsch came under severe criticism recently …

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