Wednesday, August 19, 2009

U.S. black market for kidneys, continued

The AP takes up the story of a man who says he sold his kidney in NY for $20,000, and who posted a video on the web. Here's the publication of the story by MSNBC, which includes the video: Man says he sold kidney in U.S. for $20k. (The video isn't full of information, but the kidney content begins just after minute 5.)

"In 2005, a rebellious and sporadically employed Israeli man flew to New York to give up a kidney to save an American businessman. For that, he says he was paid $20,000, which appeared in a brown envelope on his hospital bed after the operation.
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"Rosen believes he did a good deed and that organ donors like him should be compensated. Much of his story can be confirmed, and the case gives new resonance to claims that a black market for kidneys has thrived even in the United States."

Here's my earlier post on Black market for kidneys: in the US? , and here's the long list of posts on compensation for donors generally.

HT: Katy Milkman at Wharton

3 comments:

Hugeness said...

While I think it's good that people are donating kidneys and I don't mind a regulated market for them, is there any increased risk of future kidney disease for these currently healthy donors? Are we increasing the likelihood of a much bigger scarcity of kidneys in the future by using donated kidneys from the healthy now?

T. said...

Here is one for "markets in everything"

http://www.wral.com/news/news_briefs/story/5823857/

T. said...

Student tries to sell seat in a class