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Should We Pay Organ Donors?
In a recent episode ofNurse Jackie,Edie Falco (as Jackie) claims that a deceased patient is an organ donor even though she has no such proof. Whether or not you think she was justified in her actions, the underlying message is clear: Not enough people are willingly signing over rights to their body parts, even upon death. Living organ donation (in which a healthy person donates, say, one kidney) is perhaps even harder to come by—especially when you're talking about donating to a stranger. Meanwhile, people die every day while waiting for organs they desperately need.
Part of the problem is that we have to rely on altruism—helping other people just for the sake of being good. Right now it's illegal to sell organs, which seems to make ethically good sense. But I recently came across a book, "When Altruism Isn't Enough," in which Sally Satel, MD (a psychiatrist and recipient of a donor kidney) argues that compensating donors isn't such a bad idea after all.
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