Jul 22, 2008 (WENN via COMTEX News Network) --
Singapore is considering legalising kidney trading in an effort to help meet the demand for kidney transplants. The Health Ministry of Singapore is set to debate whether offering cash in exchange for organ donations would be a good idea, and thus far the debate has caused quite a bit of controversy. Kwah Boon Won of the Health Ministry said, "We should not reject any idea just because it is radical or controversial. We may be able to find an acceptable way to allow a meaningful compensation for some living, unrelated kidney donors, without breaching ethical principles or hurting the sensitivities of others." In order to become a law, the proposal would have to be approved by parliament. The ministry is also looking to eliminate a law that has an age limit on deceased organ donors which is currently set at 60, as the most important factor is actually the condition of the kidney, not its age. (BRB/WNWCAB/PAW)


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