Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Dr Goyal and colleagues1 conclude that while the sale of kidneys might have
increased the supply of transplantable organs in India, it did not help donors
overcome poverty. They also found that donors often received less money than
they were promised and that nephrectomy was associated with declines in both
income and health status. The authors concluded that the sale of kidneys by
poor people in India did not benefit the donors or their families socially
or economically and therefore the concept of selling organs to increase the
donor supply would need to be reexamined in western societies as well.
Baines LS, Jindal RM. Consequences of Selling a Kidney in India. JAMA. 2003;289(6):697. doi:10.1001/jama.289.6.697-a