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Is it okay to compensate a kidney donor?

Vahid Pourfarziani

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2008.017


Numerous comments have been made about ethical aspects of kidney transplantation practice in Iran, generally referred to the “Iran model of kidney transplantation programme”. The compensated programme for using living unrelated donation (LURD) has fired strong opposition as well as support since its introduction in 1988. However, common to most of the attributed comments are the terms used for addressing the experience: “organ selling” or “a market for organ transplant”. The major question in most of the papers is whether selling body organs is acceptable.

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