Economists have suggested that one way to solve the shortage in organs is to create an open market where buyers and sellers can come together and agree on a price for the organs. It seems that China is seriously considering this idea. While the ethics of such a market are hotly debated Slate notes that other, smaller countries have flirted with compensation – both monetary and otherwise – for organ donation. They include:
- Singapore provides a health care subsidy for individuals who agree to donate their organs
- Israel gives donors priority on the organ donation list if they ever need an organ
- Iran pays cash for to kidney donors
Read more about the efforts of other countries and China’s experiment over here.