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'Pay funeral costs in return for organs': study

TT/The Local/pvs · 14 Apr 2011, 07:30

Published: 14 Apr 2011 07:30 GMT+02:00

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The researchers, from Linköping in eastern Sweden, argue that the provision of 30,000 ($4,800) - 45,000 kronor to pay for funeral costs would help to increase the supply of organs in Sweden.

They also argue that the sum is too small to encourage greed and the money would be reserved exclusively for funeral expenses or donations to charity.

"There is really no moral argument against this model," said one of the researchers Gustav Tinghög to the Sydsvenskan daily.

The Local reported in late March that some 30 Swedes had travelled abroad since the 1980s to have transplants using organs bought from impoverished people in foreign countries.

One of the Swedes who bought an organ explained that he had tired of waiting in line for an operation and had instead travelled to Pakistan to buy a kidney.

Organ trade is prohibited under Swedish law.

Social affairs minister Göran Hägglund said at the time that he was deeply concerned by the development, which he described as unethical.

“It’s a manifestation of a sort of organ colonialism by which people in the wealthy part of the world exploit the poorest people in the world in a way that is completely unacceptable,” he said.

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Hägglund said the Swedish system for donating organs worked quite well, but stressed that there was also plenty of scope for improvement.

“There are a lot of people who say they are prepared to donate their organs - 80 percent according to some studies - but there are very few who go from words to action,” he said.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:57 April 14, 2011 by Stickeroo
If someone wants to sell something that's theirs, they should be allowed to do so. What's wrong with selling a kidney? That's why god gave you 2 of em....right?

Brilliant idea to pay funeral costs in exchange for organ donation. I'm all for it!
10:13 April 14, 2011 by jostein
Charming. Whats next? A society whichs members do not feel enough solidarity to donate their organs after death does donation not deserve.
10:58 April 14, 2011 by muscle
it is because of the misuse of law. the problem is not that people will sell it. the problem lies that others will try to take it by force!
11:04 April 14, 2011 by technoviking
If you don't donate your organs for free you are a seriously an a-hole.
12:37 April 14, 2011 by Swedesmith
Sounds like a good plan to me.
12:38 April 14, 2011 by Bender B Rodriquez
The problem is that a few years ago they changed the rules so that you have to opt-in for donation instead of opt-out.
12:54 April 14, 2011 by karex
Wonderful - government sanctioned organ trafficking.
18:38 April 14, 2011 by glamshek
It's a Satanic and coercive plan. It hurts the feelings of the family members badly. It is happening with Swedes because they love such things.
22:42 April 14, 2011 by Ivan Juric
Because I like Nordic women I'm willing to donate one of my organs.
05:27 April 15, 2011 by Da Goat
It should be the more of yourself given away the less there is for the funeral and the cheaper it is great idea!

the smaller the remaining box the more can fit in the cemetary value for money all round!

no seriously it is a good idea to give spare parts away when yu are finished!
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