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Robyn Urback: What Canada can learn from Israel on organ donation

from The National Post

When Canadians must resort to online ads to find themselves human organs for transplant, we might have a bit of a problem on our hands. Yet a Nova Scotia man took to online classifieds this month in a desperate attempt to find himself a new kidney. Ken Wilkie, who has polycystic kidney disease, posted an ad on Kijiji on November 7 under the title "Boost Your Karma."

Organ donation in Nova Scotia is restricted by conditions under the Human Organ and Tissue Donation Act, which states that there can be no economic incentive to the living organ donor. In other words, you can't buy a kidney. Wilkie found a loophole in his promise of good "karma," however, since karma can't be used to finance a loan. The implicit idea is that if you do a good deed, a good deed will later come to you. more


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