Ever thought about giving away your innards to those in need, but felt that you maybe needed a little more incentive to do it? Then rejoice: the Chinese government is trying to make it worth your while to cough up a lung or kidney.
According to Reuters, new policies are being considered in order to increase the number of organ donors in China:
State news agency Xinhua cited Vice Health Minister Huang Jiefu as telling a local newspaper that the governments should “cut back medical costs for donors during their hospital stay and their funeral expenses.”
“Other financial compensation could also be considered, such as tax rebates, medical insurance or tuition waivers for donors’ family members,” Xinhua quoted Huang as saying.
China Car Times tells us that incentives are just part of a new set of policies for organ donation, which include expecting drivers to declare their stance on donating when getting a driver’s license. The policies would take place before the end of the year.
The issue of organ transplants in China is surrounded with a perpetual tinge of controversy, with coverage in the past detailing the organ ‘donations’ of executed criminals. Not to mention forcible removals for victims who just happened to bump into unsavory urban legend-like sorts.
So, there’s maybe a little skepticism about donation incentives belonging in the good idea drawer. A regulated industry involving expensive goods in high demand and scarce supply is bound for corruption, right? Especially, since it’s still rather prevalent, apparently.
We would probably tick the ‘是‘ box for donating, if the hospital threw in a group vacation for a tour-bus full of our closest relatives.
By Fan Huang