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Financial Incentives for Organ Donation: Could It Work in the US?

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Our system for procuring organs in the United States is based on altruism, but unfortunately, this approach continues to leave supplies short of de...
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    Our system for procuring organs in the United States is based on altruism, but unfortunately, this approach continues to leave supplies short of demand, creating a shortage in transplantable organs that causes unnecessary deaths. As a means to meet the demands in other countries around the world, various forms of payment have been considered, and some are in use today. Dr. Arthur Matas, professor of surgery and director of the renal transplant service at the University of Minnesota Medical School, explains how the concept of financial incentives for organ donation could be received by the American populace and within the medical community. Toward this end, how would a large-scale clinical trial, yet to be conducted on this model, help us to evaluate our options in the United States? Dr. Mark Nolan Hill hosts.

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