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Vol. 36, No. 5, 2009
Issue release date: September 2009
Section title: Commentary · Kommentar
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Transfus Med Hemother 2009;36:329–339
(DOI:10.1159/000235608)

Blood Donation, Payment, and Non-Cash Incentives: Classical Questions Drawing Renewed Interest

Buyx A.M.
The Harvard Program in Ethics and Health, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
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Dr. med. Alena M. Buyx, M.A., The Harvard Program in Ethics and Health, Harvard Medical School, François Xavier Bagnoud Building, 6th Floor, 651 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA, Tel. +1 617-9553721, Fax -4323721, Alena_buyx@hms.harvard.edu

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Abstract

Blood is scarce, and ensuring a sufficient blood supply remains difficult for many countries. Payment for blood as a strategy to increase donations has remained highly controversial for decades, and the debate about ethical issues in paying donors has become somewhat stuck. At least from a policy perspective, it is important to find a compromise which allows for devising and implementing acceptable and successful policies to increase the blood supply. In this paper, such a compromise is developed both from a theoretical and empirical perspective, namely implementing well-designed non-cash incentives which cut across the rigid dichotomy of altruistic donations versus payment for donations. In order for this compromise to work, more attention to donation motives, the choice architecture, and the setting in blood donation needs to be paid.

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Abstract of Commentary · Kommentar

Received: January 25, 2009
Accepted: May 27, 2009
Published online: September 21, 2009
Issue release date: September 2009

Number of Print Pages: 11
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 1660-3796 (Print)
eISSN: 1660-3818 (Online)

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