Apparently, they even have a *glut* of kidneys.
[Iran's desperate kidney traders](http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/this_world/6090468.stm
> At the clinic Mehrdad was told that the number of sellers had increased so drastically over the past year that prices had plummeted, and unfortunately for him he is blood type A, one of the most common... driving the price even lower.
So lemme get this straight: I can give/donate my kidney to someone in need, but it's illegal for me to do it for money?
There was a TIL a week or so ago that some country has organ donation as voluntary opt-out instead of opt-in. If you opt-out and later need a donated organ, you're put lower on the priority list (than you'd otherwise be)
and they have universal health coverage
On the one hand, I'm all for market solutions to almost every supply/demand problem. And allowing markets in organs would help a lot of sick people.
On the other hand, *any* system which allows for the sale of body parts will lead to abuses.
Worst case: straight up organ farming from black market human slavery sales. Human beings literally bred and/or enslaved for replacement parts.
Best case: Uncle Tim was in an accident and is on life support. He has no living will. His body is strong and the docs give him a 50% chance of waking up. We could wait years to see what happens...or hey, since he was a really healthy guy we can get a quarter mil for his parts!
People love dissing Iran. Iran is a fantastic country. Yes, there are many shitty things but look at almost any country and you will find shitty things. Look at the wait for a kidney in the US. I have a friend that needs a kidney, the hospital has a program that if he can get someone to donate a kidney that doesn't match his but will match someone else's he will get bumped up on the list.
all the big capitalist countries should be insanely jealous of this