Thursday, March 31, 2011

A market for kidneys?

As we all know, newspapers and law journals have been filled for at least a decade with stories and debates over whether it is a good thing or a bad thing to allow the market to intrude in areas that typically have been considered charitable.  Now the LA Times reports on debates over whether there ought to be a market for spare kidneys.  As the story reminds us, each of us has two kidneys but we only need one, as long as it functions properly.  I have never researched the deductibility of medical expenses related to donating a kidney.  If this article is correct, perhaps that question will become mute: the market will determine how much we (or, more likely, a poor person from a developing country) will be paid for giving up an organ.


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