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The Meat Market from Singapore to Israel

Updated on January 9, 2010

 If you thought the content would be about sexy, young babes, selling their goods for hard cash, sorry. This is about the international market for fresh meat in organ donations to those desperately needing new body parts, much like a car, to keep going.

Today, many companies are in the biz to harvest human organ donations. In Singapore, donors are paid $50,000 for key types, in Iran, they have eliminated waiting lists for kidneys by paying for them, in Israel, they have a "no give, no take" system, where if you opt out in giving, then should you need them, you are on the bottom of the wait list.

The market is in big demand. In 2007, only 64,000 kidney transplants occurred in the world and in the US alone, to get a new kidney , you were on a waiting list with 83,000 others. In the US, only 16,500 actually got a new kidney, and 5000 died while waiting for their name to be in the number one slot last year. More unnerving to meet the demand, doctors in the US routinely remove tissue and parts from dead patients without their loved ones knowledge. Worse, it is perfectly legal! Medical examiners remove corneas from the eyes of the deceased during autopsies. By this time, the organs are no good to harvest. If a person has suffered from cardia arrest and there is no heart beat for 2-5 minutes, most doctors will declare them dead and organ harvest can begin.

Many countries now implementing the "presumed" donor consent unless they verbally or in writing declare they are NOT a donor. It is now commonly used in Europe, UK and India. Some States in the US are experimenting with the concept.

The black market for organs accounts for about 10%. Ironically, it is Iran that has eliminated the shortage of transplant organs. Organs there are not bought and sold like meat but creates a pool of applicants that seek potential donors. Iran pays $1200 to a donor for their kidney and free medical services for one year. The recipient who receives the organ, also pays $2300-4500 to the donor. They provide organs to those who cannot afford to buy them via charitable organizations, so the poorest can equally obtain a new kidney as any rich one. Iran began the system in 1988 and by 1999 eliminated the shortage of kidney organs.

In 2009, 105,000 Americans are organ waiting lists. Kidneys used from living donors came to 5435, while transplants using a deceased donor organ was 18,404. Most common meat on the market is: kidneys, hearts, liver 


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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      One of life's mysteries!

    • lime light power profile image

      lime light power 

      7 years ago from NY NY

      Hahhahaha... okay. Guilty as charged, I probably clicked on the related hubs link out of sheer curiosity to see what the possible hub could be matched with title. How did this get into related hubs when I had been looking at topics on charities?


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