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    Cash incentives offered for transplant organs | Herald Sun

    ...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."..
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    Dicey. Very dicey. Clearly under the wrong kind of controls the monetary incentive could be of greater value to a hospital than ICU care. I'm aware that some patients are kept on life support at great cost for a period of time when there is little the doctors can do and in those situations families should be encouraged to end life support but adding an incentive for the hospital to pressure families to sign organ donor cards at the same time isn't cool. Hospitals deserve funding on their own merits, families should be asked for consent to use a loved ones organs when there is no reasonable chance of recovery but the two are dicey when mixed.

    That said I have no issue with hospitals receiving funding for the costs associated with organ donations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trinity View Post
    Dicey. Very dicey. Clearly under the wrong kind of controls the monetary incentive could be of greater value to a hospital than ICU care. I'm aware that some patients are kept on life support at great cost for a period of time when there is little the doctors can do and in those situations families should be encouraged to end life support but adding an incentive for the hospital to pressure families to sign organ donor cards at the same time isn't cool. Hospitals deserve funding on their own merits, families should be asked for consent to use a loved ones organs when there is no reasonable chance of recovery but the two are dicey when mixed.

    That said I have no issue with hospitals receiving funding for the costs associated with organ donations.
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