Would you buy organs from a living donor?

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(CBS) - Lots of products these days say "Made in China." Might human organs be next?

According to a Reuters report, the Chinese government is considering offering compensation for people to voluntarily sell their organs. Cash and prizes could include tax rebates, tuition for your kids and funeral expenses, China's Vice Health Minister Huang Jiefu told state news agency Xinhua.

Ironically, free health insurance is also on the table. Little late, don't you think?

The demand for organs in China is extreme. Nearly 1.5 million people need them. Only 10,000 get them, according to Reuters. And many of those come from executed criminals.

Paying for organs in China is currently illegal, as is obtaining an organ from a living donor other than close family. But that hasn't stopped a growing black market trade.

The situation is dire in America too ,where selling organs has long been outlawed. There are currently more than 100,000 people waiting for an organ donation, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network run by the government. Eighteen people die each day waiting for a suitable match to become available.

If you want to learn about becoming a donor, visit organdonor.gov.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Should people be able to sell their organs? Would you buy one if you needed it?

  • Neil Katz

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