Increasing Kidney Donation

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Good luck grannyThe You Say Repugnant, I Say … Let’s Do It! episode of the Freakonomics podcast has a fascinating discussion of how Israel increased the number of registered organ donors through a “Give Life, Get Life” program.

If you sign up to be an organ donor, you get priority to become an organ recipient if you need a transplant. However, “the preference only comes into effect when two or more transplant candidates have the same medical priority.”

How’s that for using rational self-interest to increase public good?

How about a presumptive consent laws? Would it make medical providers less likely to save patients injured in accidents?

Creative Commons License photo credit: the Italian voice