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Blood Donation, Payment, and Non-Cash Incentives: Classical Questions Drawing Renewed InterestBuyx A.M.
The Harvard Program in Ethics and Health, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA Corresponding Author
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
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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