Sunday, October 15, 2006

Washington Post editorial endorses idea behind LifeSharers

In an editorial today, the Washington Post says it's time to consider extra incentives to encourage more people to donate their organs when they die. One of the incentives it suggests sounds a lot like LifeSharers.

Among other incentives, the editorial suggests this: "The decision to pledge organs could be linked to the chance of receiving one: People who check the box on the driver's-license application when they are healthy would, if they later fell sick, get extra points in the system used to assign their position on the transplant waiting list."

This is the idea behind LifeSharers, although the details are different. The Washington Post says their suggested incentives "don't raise significant ethical issues" and "would save money and relieve suffering."

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