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Encouraging organ donation

Alex Tabarrok notes an interesting program on organ donation coming out of Israel:

In January, Israel will become the first country in the world to give people who sign their organ donor cards points pushing them up the transplant list should they one day need a transplant. Points will also be given to transplant candidates whose first-degree relatives have signed their organ donor cars or whose first-degree relatives were organ donors.

In the case of kidneys, for example, two points (on a 0-18 point scale) will be given if the candidate had three or more years previous to being listed signed their organ card. One point will be given if a first-degree relative had signed and 3.5 points if a first-degree relative had previously donated.

"No give, no take," he calls it.

By Ezra Klein  |  December 22, 2009; 9:30 AM ET
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It is a good policy.

I still think we should consider compensation for organ donation from patients with uncomplicated, natural deaths. Their is certainly a squeemishness factor, but the benefits would strongly outweigh that, IMO.

Posted by: wisewon | December 22, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

It's better than this, I suppose:

Posted by: Tofumar | December 22, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

This is a really terrific idea. It's a matter of basic fairness. There's no reason why someone should expect to receive organs from another person if they aren't willing to do the same for others. It's not very difficult to become an organ donor.

Posted by: jeffwacker | December 22, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

The Chinese communists have a much better idea, and one that I'm sure the new healthcare planners will approve for this country: execute prisoners and take their organs. Yes, it's just that simple. China is a leading seller of organs. Look, they reduce the deficit by selling them, they only get them from "convicted" felons, and it facilitates "social justice." I for one would be all in.

Posted by: truck1 | December 22, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

i certainly like this better than the thought process that was evolving during the summer of an opt-out. That bordered on barbaric.

Posted by: visionbrkr | December 22, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

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