Should You Be Able to Sell Your Kidney?

Here are some wimpy poll results:

Federal law bans payments for organs. But given the need, we wondered what Americans thought about compensation for three kinds of donations that can be made while people are alive: kidneys, bone marrow and a portion of liver big enough to help someone whose liver is failing.

So we asked 3,000 adults across the country as part of the NPR-Thomson Reuters Health Poll, and here’s what they told us.

If compensation took the form of credits for health care needs, about 60 percent of Americans would support it. Tax credits and tuition reimbursement were viewed favorably by 46 percent and 42 percent, respectively. Cash for organs was seen as OK by 41 percent of respondents.

NPR report.

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  1. brian says:

    A change in this law is overdue.

  2. Samson says:

    Give people time, and they will come around on this issue.

    Unfortunately, many people needing organs don’t have much time though.

  3. Rob Roy says:

    If selling organs were made legal, various people would make money off of foreigners who come here to sell and buy organs.

  4. aurelius says:

    I thought more than half would support tax credits.

  5. will says:

    I’m curious as to how these numbers compare to the opinions of people on this issue in countries like Russia.

  6. Bruce says:

    Answer: yes.

  7. DEBBIE says:

    Yes I believe you should be able to donate your kidneys as long as you are deemed medically healthy and mentally sound. so many people can benifit from such an act as long as it is a one to one process and your not going to a donation service.