Article: Calculating The Value Of Human Tissue Donation : NPR
I came across an interesting exposé about the differences between organ and tissue donation in the US. And when I refer to it as en exposé, I mean it’s exactly what it says on the tin.
Americans who choose to donate their body parts for the possibility of saving someone’s life may be dismayed to find out that their tissues and organs could instead be making a corporation profit. I don’t know if there is for-profit tissue harvesting in Canada but I expect not given the Uniform Conference Law of Canada.
According to the Human Tissue Donation Act of 1990 (http://ulcc.ca/en/us/index.cfm?sec=1&sub=1h1), tissue that is removed for the purposes of (and under consent for) transplant to a living human may not be used for other purposes and will be disposed of, unless there is express consent for therapeutic/educational/scientific purposes. Furthermore, under the section Commerce Prohibited, the selling or buying of tissue is unlawful and will result in a $100 000 fine and/or 1 year imprisonment. The exception is to any dealings that were legal prior to the Act so long as the Act is complied with (aka sounds like it would be impossible).
As a Canadian, I’ll be an organ or tissue donor should my bits be suitable. The idea of bones hauled out of me or skin shaped off does not alarm me, as long as some other person can benefit.
Read for yourself:
Calculating The Value Of Human Tissue Donation : NPR