Organ transplantation is one of those things that doesn’t quite work well under free market conditions, because well, the demand always seems to outpace the supply. There are lots of reasons why the supply is low–people are weird about death, they live or die in a way that damages their organs–and there aren’t too many ways of increasing the supply that wouldn’t also increase demand.
Here in the U.S., many states have started making organ donor the default when folks head to the DMV to get a driver’s license. Forcing people to actively opt-out seems to work well, because people are lazy. So turning the tables like this makes sense.
Now, as Sally Satel reports for Slate, Israel has come up with another strong incentive for organ donation: donor’s families are paid cash for the deceased’s organ(s), which is intended to be used to memorialize the loved one. Of course, the definition of memorialize is vague. One of the good things about it is that it might curtail the black market trade for organs that exists in certain parts of the world. I dunno. But I found it fascinating and thought I’d share.