"The program allows for living donors to donate a kidney in advance of when a friend or family member might require a kidney transplant.
"It is such a simple concept," Veale said. "It's the brainchild of a grandfather who wanted to donate a kidney to his grandson nearing dialysis dependency, but the grandfather felt he would be too old to donate in a few years when his grandson would likely need a transplant."
The release goes on to mention two such advanced donations that have already been made.
Here's a related announcement: Voucher Allows You To Donate A Kidney Now, Secure One For Later
"Already, 9 other hospitals across the U.S. have joined UCLA and agreed to honor the voucher program. Recently, the Ethics Committee of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons also voted in favor of the voucher program and sent the matter to their executive committee for formal approval. "
HT: Frank McCormick, Philip Held