By Norm Singleton
President Trump recently signed an executive order aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment of kidney patients. One part of the order aims to incentivize kidney donations by providing donors compensation for lost wages and child care expenses incurred as a result of their act of donating.
While there is no constitutional authorization for the federal government to provide compensation to organ donors—and certainly not for the president to do so via executive order—President Trump’s order could set a precedent that authorizes donor compensation, and it could ultimately lead to a true free-market in organ donations.
Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul wrote an op-ed on solving the organ transplant crisis in 2014.
You can read about the president’s executive order on kidney care here.
Here is Dr. Paul’s column from 2014:
Let Market Forces Solve Organ Transplant Crisis
This article was originally published at The Campaign for Liberty.