Sunday, March 26, 2023

The economics and politics of compensating kidney donors, by McCormick and Held

Political feasibility is an unavoidable consideration in any discussion of compensating kidney donors.  McCormick and Held take the latest a stab at it. 

How to End the Kidney Shortage. Few if any of these news stories lamenting the kidney shortage or touting hightech breakthroughs mention that we already have a solution to the shortage: compensating kidney donors to induce more supply  By Frank McCormick and Philip J. Held, SPRING 2023 • REGULATION (CATO Institute).

"A crucial question remains: what level of compensation should the government offer to kidney donors? The answer is a political judgment call that involves the tradeoff between the number of patients saved from premature death and the probability of getting a particular law or regulation changed.

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