Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Kidneys in Canada

The Kidney Foundation of Canada applauds recent government announcement to improve organ donation:

Canada is taking steps to promote kidney exchange by establishing a database of patient-donor pairs.

And various Canadian provinces (BC in 2006 and Ontario and Manitoba in 2008) have initiated programs to reimburse out of pocket expenses of live organ donors,and some very limited lost income reimbursement. While the laws that prohibit organ sales often explicitly allow reimbursement of expenses, jurisdictions have been slow to authorize reimbursement, for fear of starting down the slippery slope towards payment for organs.

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