The results of the study found that 70 percent of those surveyed think financial incentives are acceptable in cases where the donor is deceased. That number drops to 40 percent for a living donor (still a pretty high number, considering). Further studies are being done--and we’re not quite clear on the methodology here--to determine if financial incentives might actually translate into more available organs for those in need of a transplant.
Paying for organs is, naturally, a controversial idea. In fact, it’s highly illegal in most countries. And Manns’ proposal certainly has its critics, who say such schemes encourage donation for the wrong reasons and over time will erode the quality of those organs that do get donated (never mind the fact that including those suffering from kidney disease in the survey might bias the results somewhat).