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One in five Swedes would swap a kidney for cash

TT/The Local · 15 Apr 2011, 10:58

Published: 15 Apr 2011 10:58 GMT+02:00

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For the first time ever, a study looking at how many Swedes would be willing to part with one of their kidneys for money has been carried out by consumer research company SIFO for Sveriges Radio (SR).

“If it was legal, would you be prepared to sell one of your kidneys for 300,000 kronor ($48,344) to the County Council (Länstinget) to be used for someone with kidney failure, or wouldn’t you,” SR asked 1,000 Swedes.

22 percent answered they would be prepared to sell their kidney, 67 percent were not and 11 percent were undecided.

Compared to Sweden’s population this would mean that 1.5 million people would be prepared to donate their kidney for cash.

There are currently 750 people on the waiting list for kidney donation in Sweden, according to SR.

The system would be profitable for state finances within a year as an operation costs approximately 300,000 kronor, whereas a year on dialysis costs twice as much, according to figures that SR have got from the Swedish Renal Registry (Svenskt Njurregister).

According to SR, the only country in the world where the state pays for kidney donation is Iran, and it is also the only country without a waiting list.

Most other countries, including Sweden, have signed a UN declaration prohibiting organ trade.

The survey showed that low-income earners and high-income earners were just as likely to agree to the operation despite the small risk it would incur.

Out of those with an annual income of 250,000 kronor a year, 19 percent were in favour, 73 percent against and 8 percent undecided.

The same figures applied for those with an annual income of 600,000 or more, and those in between also showed very similar figures.

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However, young people were more likely to be positive to selling their kidney (29 percent) than elderly people (17 percent) and those with a secondary education (16 percent) were less positive than those with a lower educational level (31 percent).

More men (73 percent) than women (64 percent) were completely against the procedure.

The survey was carried out by SIFO for Sveriges Radio in April and 1,000 people took part.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:20 April 15, 2011 by glamshek
Probably they do not know the after-affects
11:37 April 15, 2011 by Gletta
I wouldn't offer much for their brains then
11:54 April 15, 2011 by Stickeroo
Are there really THAT many broke people in Sweden? I mean...everyone has a price I'm sure...but 300K? Really? Can't even buy a decent car with that. Let alone buy a new kidney for yourself once your ONE left over goes bad in 20 years. I wisdom teeth for 300K....crazy people!
12:19 April 15, 2011 by William Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha
I do it for the right amount but 300k is nowhere near the right amount.
12:43 April 15, 2011 by Swedesmith
I'm using mine right now. When I'm done with them, they can have them for free.
14:23 April 15, 2011 by hogar2010
Hospital make money, transplantation cost 300K, so and people should be able to make money. There are mega rich people who will go in any case abroad and pay, better to find someone in Sweden and finish transplantation in Swedish hospital. Improvised rooms for transplantation in India are not healthy. Illegal transplantation is simply dangerous, but politicians push people to do something in dangerous way. Many people are hungry in this world or their family member don't have access to doctor, with money from kidney they could get normal life. Poverty is brutal more than blabla about ethics about selling kidney. All those who make ethics, they never gave peace of bread to poor people, they just leave them poor and ethicist enjoy in life. I would sell my kidney, if my kidneys pass all analysis, but not for less than half million euro. Many people in EU have so much money to pay or they can get credit from bank on the basis of good job. But now, they wait and die or they go in India to pay there and man who gives kidney get just 5000 dollars while "manager of job" take 100 000 dollars.
01:17 April 16, 2011 by star10
The title of the news should be "20 percent of Swedes are too stupid to know value of kidney".
04:04 April 16, 2011 by TheOneWhoTravels
Double that amount and you're getting closer and I'd consider it.
17:14 April 17, 2011 by zb78
for 300K? they already sold their brains, probably... :P
12:25 April 18, 2011 by Marc the Texan
The UN ban on organ trade is pure hysteria. People donate kidneys now and don't get paid squat. Sometimes they donate to people they barely even know (I personally know of someone who did this). Why shouldn't people get paid for donating a kidney. It's a trade that benefits both parties in a big way. Just keep it tightly regulated. Make sure the seller goes through a long cool off process with lots of checks and make sure everything is on the up and up. Then let organ trade work its magic. It will save lots of lives.
11:34 April 20, 2011 by johnny1939
waiting for it to be legal in the states where one can make the real money but, sigh, that is not likely to happen. they are very conservative when it comes to selling babies, organs etc. but not for killing innocent people in their trumped up wars.
19:03 April 26, 2011 by Evrin
According to SR, the only country in the world where the state pays for kidney donation is Iran ???!!!???!!!???

I cant believe it I know many cases in Sweden in which state support's gone for cosmetic surgeries like breast even vagina to give modify sexual orientation but they don't do it for kidney?
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