Wisconsin Public Radio | Shamane Mills
Weimer is proposing a system to get more donor kidneys by paying for the first one. The recipient of that kidney would then have a friend or relative give on and on it goes creating a donation chain. Under Weimer's proposal, the federal government would pay for kidneys that would be purchased and distributed by a nonprofit group and given to existing transplant centers who had the longest list of donor "chains". He said there would be strict rules to prevent exploitation of poor people from selling a kidney to make money, "In other words, make sure the person knew everything about the transaction. If someone said they were going to donate you would allow them to withdraw at any point up until the actual donation."
The World Health Organization opposes commercial organ sales; Weimer says his plan wouldn't be a direct purchase of a kidney. He predicts more people will need kidney transplants in the future. He says risk factors for renal disease, like obesity, are growing while the supply of cadaver kidneys is likely to dwindle as the nation gets better at preventing fatal car accidents.