(NEW YORK) — A controversial plan to sell your organs legally is gaining momentum.
Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) has proposed a program that offers financial incentives to those who donate kidneys. A plan that may help 100,000 Americans who are on a waitlist anxiously awaiting a new kidney, when every day at least 12 people die in the U.S. because there are not enough donors.
“You make it something like a pension contribution, or an education fund contribution, something that is non-transferable,” he told ABC News about the cash incentives for kidneys.
The government-run pilot program would be tested for five years, and it could save Kyle McKinney, whose kidneys started failing him at age 15.
“I personally think it would be a great idea,” McKinney, now a husband and father, said to ABC News.
The National Kidney Foundation argues, however, that organ donation with any kind of financial benefit is not a good idea.
“People who are poor may think differently about giving donation of a kidney if there is a financial reward for them to do,” Dr. Jeffrey Berns, president of the National Kidney Foundation, told ABC News.
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