Reconsidering the Ban on Financial Incentives

  • Norman Fost

Abstract

Few policies attract wider support than the prohibition of financial incentives to prospective organ donors. In order to challenge this taboo, a preliminary observation on transplantation as a whole is required. This book has been predicated on an implicit assumption that organ transplantation, on the whole, is a good and just activity. That is a necessary condition for proposals to improve the supply of organs in ethically acceptable ways. In this chapter, I argue that financial incentives can be justified and that arguments banning such incentives are faulty. This argument depends on support for the enterprise as a whole: Why else would we want to improve supply? For the purpose of this discussion, I concede this approval but would like to register a few concerns before proceeding.

Keywords

Hepatitis Marketing Expense Meningitis Defend 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman Fost
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  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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