Consider monetary compensation for organ donors

In view of the low take-up rate for organ donation, it may be time to revisit the issue of monetary compensation for donors ("Organ donations remain low despite changes to law"; Monday).

The fact that medical advances have enabled a man to donate his kidney to a patient with a different blood type has dramatically changed the playing field ("Man's gift of love to girlfriend - a kidney"; Monday).

We have a huge group of potential donors, but we have to be realistic - there is only a slim chance of success if we expect all donors to be altruistic.

Our system should allow some flexibility in monetary compensation between willing donors and recipients.

Many patients already take the risk and go overseas for dubious organ transplant surgery, if they have the means.

Monetary compensation will always be a dirty word to those who are healthy. But to those who are suffering, the hope of a better life through organ transplant would be worth every cent.

Monetary compensation will always be a dirty word to those who are healthy.

But to those who are suffering, the hope of a better life through organ transplant would be worth every cent.

Seah Yam Meng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 28, 2016, with the headline 'Consider monetary compensation for organ donors'. Print Edition | Subscribe