Cash incentives offered for transplant organs | Herald Sun
Thoughts?...The money encourages hospitals to keep alive critically ill patients who would normally not be revived. But doctors, ethicists and family groups have criticised it as "reprehensible" and "unseemly".
"It's as sick as it gets," said John Morrissey, spokesman for the Australian Family Association. "To lean on families when they are most vulnerable is reprehensible."
The $17 million, three-year initiative - endorsed by the health ministers - is aimed at meeting hospital costs associated with transplants, but doctors said it encouraged hospitals and intensive care units to pressure people into allowing their dying family members to become organ donors.
"This payment recognises that patients arriving in the ED (emergency department) who are identified as potential organ donors require medical management to maintain their suitability as donors prior to their transfer to ICU," the program's information notes say.
"This payment applies to potential donors that would not normally be transferred to the ICU as part of their treatment or end-of-life care."..