Should people or their families be paid for donated organs?
This is not an easy cut and dried issue. At the moment, law prohibits this in most countries (I believe Iran is the only country that allows payment). There is an obvious ethical dilemma with this—let’s say you have a dying relative, and someone is offering your family 10,000 for their kidney, would you be more likely to allow them to die?
But organs are at critically short supply, and people die every year because they can’t get an organ donor match. When an organ transplant is done, everybody is getting paid—the surgeon, hospital, anesthesiologist, etc., but NOT the family who donated the organ. All they get is the satisfaction that they helped someone and maybe a nice greeting card.
What do you all think? Is it cut and dried in your mind?
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