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Organ shortage prompts debate over compensating donors
San Francisco Chronicle

Jessica Kastler will drive from her home in San Luis Obispo to San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center this month to give a kidney to someone she doesn’t know. Kastler hopes her organ’s recipient, whoever he or she is, is open to communicating with her after the transplant. But she’s not expecting anything in return – not money or any other kind of compensation.

“I don’t think there should be some kind of pay for a kidney,” Kastler said. “That’s kind of almost like paying for a kid – I don’t think that’s right.”

Some doctors and patient advocates say that convincing more living donors like Kastler to donate is the only way to meet a growing demand for organs, especially for kidneys, in the United States.