JOURNAL ARTICLE

[Moderate financial incentives for organ donation]

A M Buyx
Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift 2007, 132 (45): 2392-5
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Despite many efforts to increase the number of organs for transplantations, there is still a worrying shortage of transplantable organs - in Germany as well as in almost every developed country. One possibility to increase the amount of organs is the introduction of financial incentives for cadaveric organ donation. In this article, several forms of moderate financial incentives for organ donation are described. Ethical arguments for and against an implementation of financial incentives are weighed against each other. Finally, an argument is developed in favour of moderate financial incentives which supports careful research into possible modes of implementation.

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