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Incentivised Donation as a Solution to the Kidney Shortage

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David Coombs

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David Coombs is an MSc Economics and Philosophy student. His main field of interest is moral and political philosophy and in the philosophy of economics.

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Abstract

There is a shortage of kidney donations in the United Kingdom, which leads to the deaths of 300 people each year. I propose an incentivised donation system to increase the supply of kidneys from anonymous donors. I argue that non-monetary donor incentives can strengthen the existing motivations for giving, and persuade sufficient numbers of donors in order to alleviate the transplant shortfall. Importantly, an incentivised donation system is preferable to a market solution and avoids the harmful effects that can accompany cash payments for kidneys.

How to Cite: Coombs, D., 2016. Incentivised Donation as a Solution to the Kidney Shortage. Rerum Causae, 8(1), pp.62–73.
Published on 01 Jan 2016.
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