Letters Should we pay organ donors?

Case against paying donors was a litany of errors

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a596 (Published 01 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a596
  1. Benjamin Hippen, transplant nephrologist
  1. 1Carolinas Medical Center, 2711 Randolph Road, Building 400, Charlotte, NC 28207-2027, USA
  1. benjaminhippen{at}gmail.com

    Chapman’s essay against paying donors to increase the supply of organs for transplantation incorrectly conflates the abuses and abysmal outcomes of illegal, underground organ trafficking with proposals for a regulated market in organs in developed countries.1 2 Furthermore, Chapman incorrectly asserts that organ donation is non-existent in Iran, where organs have been legally purchased from vendors since 1988. But deceased donation did …

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