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Australian doctor proposes paying $47,000 for a kidney

AP/Yahoo News, May 5, 2008

To overcome a chronic shortage, an Australian doctor has proposed that the government pay up to $47,000 for kidney donations. The kidney specialist said allowing the sale of organs would save thousands of lives and billions of dollars in care for patients on transplant waiting lists, as well as stop people from buying organs on the black market in developing countries. Critics say the idea will end in the poor selling their organs to the rich.