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Payment for blood donations

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 10 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1585
  1. Juhani Leikola, Director
  1. Finnish Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service, 00310 Helsinki, Finland.

    EDITOR,—John D Cash is worried about the German policy regarding payment for blood donations.1 I join him in his concern. The Council of Europe defines voluntary unpaid donations as follows: “Donation is considered voluntary and non-remunerated if the person gives blood, plasma or cellular components of his/her own free will and receives no payment …

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