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Selling a kidney fails to rescue Indians from poverty

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 12 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:795
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. Nebraska

    Impoverished Indians who sell their kidneys in an effort to escape poverty suffer financially and medically in the long run, a new study has found (JAMA 2002;288:1589-93)

    The study has broad ethical and social implications for the prospects of increasing the available organ transplant pool through organ sales, and suggests that financial incentives to increase the pool of donors may backfire.

    India has a large population of patients with end stage renal disease, and dialysis is not widely available. It also has a chronic shortage of organs available …

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