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  •  Two ways to raise rates of organ donation (3+ / 0-)
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    maggiejean, Trix, JML9999

    1) Switch from opt-in to opt-out.  The indecisive 80% would automatically be included until they made a decision.  This probably would save many lives; possibly feasible in China, but I doubt it would fly in this individualistic culture.

    2) Give preference in receiving organ donations to those willing to donate; put
    non-donors on the end of the line.  Publicize the policy widely, and require people to make a decision as part of applying for a license or other ID. This would also alleviate organ shortages, and could be more feasible politically, as it appeals to what I hope is a widespread sense of fairness.

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Fri May 17, 2013 at 09:58:41 PM PDT

    •  Do we have extras to donate 1st question, (3+ / 0-)
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      Trix, JML9999, maggiejean

      and the whole for sale thing ... there's quite a conversation worthy of Dkos.  Ultimate WTF.   (might even contribute, (kidney you all not. pun intended)

      Living the austerity dream.

      by jwinIL14 on Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:09:35 PM PDT

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      •  Normally, organs are harvested only when (3+ / 0-)
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        JML9999, maggiejean, jwinIL14

        ... the former owner is no longer around to need them.

        Aside from blood donation, the main exception is when someone donates a kidney for example to a close relative who has none that work.

        There's no such thing as a free market!

        by Albanius on Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:28:14 PM PDT

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