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February 12, 2003

Consequences of Selling a Kidney in India

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(6):697. doi:10.1001/jama.289.6.697-a

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.

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