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Originally posted by ronlee at 2008-8-26 02:11
blood donation -- doing for whom?
I see that many ppl donate blood in the street, and what i have in my mind is that if there is somewhere i can sell my blood for better life. I search online, and figured it out that it's illegal to sell blood.
i have heard that ppl need to pay a lot to get blood when they are sick in hospital. if the blood is collected free of charge, why cost so much? where is the money gone?
The problem is when people are paid for their blood, the people who are most motivated to sell blood are those who desperately need the money and many of these may be unwell, diseased or drug addicts.
In many western countries people do not get paid at all for blood donations.
In Australia, you may get a cup of tea and some biscuits as a thankyou.
The blood which has been donated is tested, (to ensure that there are no diseases or viruses) may have blood products like plasma extracted and stored safely.
The people like the nurses, laboratory workers and others involved in blood collection, are paid a normal wage, and so even though the blood is donated free, there are considerable costs involved in collection.
This is why there may be costs involved for the recipients of blood products.
In Australia people who need blood for surgical procedures usually have these costs met by their health insurance or government medical care.
In Australia, donating blood is seen as contributing to the community good, the blood collection is managed by the Australian Red Cross society which is a non-profit organisation. As far as I know selling your own blood here is illegal, and I totally agree with that.
I hope this helps explains things.