[ExI] Charity vs. the Dole

Mirco Romanato painlord2k at libero.it
Thu Jul 23 19:41:52 UTC 2009

Dan ha scritto:

> Regarding organs, one proposed solution is to allow a market in
> organs. As gruesome as this sounds -- the usual horror scenario is of
> poor people selling their organs to rich people so they can pay their
> rent and afford the latest plasma TV -- one proposal for the US by
> Walter Block seems quite reasonable. This would be merely to pay
> people a small fee to check or sign their donor line of their
> driver's license -- say, $100. This is not exactly selling organs,
> but it merely increases the pool of likely donors given that fee
> people check or sign the organ donor line. In an informal survey,
> Block found that were people paid $100, about half the people would
> sign; $200 and three quarters of the group he informally polled would
> sign.

The problem of this solution is "Who pay?"
The people receiving, some private insurances, socialized services?
Because, if socialized services pay the possible donors, and the donors
are a large share of the population, this is only money going around.
All people pay for the socialized health service and near all people are
paid to sign the organ donors list.

My suggestion, backed by the principle of reciprocity, is to sign the
donors in a list of people that will receive a preferential treatment if
they need an organ transplant. Anytime an organ is available, the people
that signed on the  list of donors will receive the organs donated
before anyone that is not signed in it.
To prevent cheating, a minimum waiting time (a few years) could be
implemented before the preference take place.


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