It is perhaps the most difficult thing in the world to cope with the idea that someone close to you might be at death’s doorstep. But, as on life would end another one might flourish through organ donations. The Indian Government offers incentives to organ donors, as a token of appreciation towards an individuals’ altruistic gesture.
As a result of their initiative, the families of those who are considered brain dead and thus eligible for organ donation will be able to receive certain incentives from the Government such as railway travel concessions, access to certain medical bonifications or even the waiving of some of the utility bills.
Worldwide, many countries have the idea that organ donation is an altruistic gesture, thus requiring no monetary compensation. But the India’s Zonal Coordination Centre wants to move beyond that and is thinking of bestowing upon the family of the donor some form of compensation in order to celebrate the donor’s selfless gesture.
Sanjay Nagra, a doctor working for the ZTCC and who also occupies the function of joint secretary declared that this policy will greatly improve the rate of donation. Also, the same doctor declared that the newly drafted incentive guidelines will be able to fill several gaps in the supply and demand chain.
Nagra also believes that this gesture coming from the Indian Government can also be viewed as a revolution in ethics.
Indian Government offers incentives to donors, after many debates concerning the moral equation involved in this situation. As stated, in many countries, donating organs is considered a selfless act. Thus, the donor’s next of kin is not entitled to any monetary compensation.
The ZTCC offers the Indian Government a chance in order to change its view on this policy. Thus, according to the new guidelines, the donor’s next of kin will be entitled to receive certain gratifications from the Government such as railway travel concessions and even concessions when it comes to medical bills. The family of deceased freedom fighters will also be eligible for these services,
Other forms of incentive will include waiving of utility bills, some educations benefits and free railway tickets.
The doctors working on the transplant committee felt that a simple “thank you” for the donor’s family is not enough to make up for his death or his gesture. Although the gesture entitles no monetary compensation, the doctors think that the idea on this matter must be subjected to a couple of changes.
Meanwhile, the Indian Government has taken its first steps in analyzing how these policies are to be implemented.