PAYING FOR KIDNEYS
SHOULD WE PAY PEOPLE TO DONATE THEIR KIDNEYS? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
People who decide to donate a kidney should be paid to do so, a recent op-ed in the British Medical Journal states. But Robert Montgomery, a transplant surgeon at Johns Hopkins, says other options should be exhausted first.
MONTGOMERY: Before we even think about paying for organs we should do our very best to try and optimize the organs that are currently available. Investment in education, helping people understand that live donation is an option. Patients who donate a kidney have the same life expectancy as anyone in the general population. We shouldn't really be moving in that direction until we do our very best to work on the problem of renal failure and then expanding transplantation. :33
Montgomery agrees with other critics that paying for kidneys would likely disproportionately affect those at the low end of the socioeconomic spectrum and at worst may be considered predatory. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.