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Tax needn't be taxing, but in the case of organ donation it might be
  1. Muireann Quigley
  1. Correspondence to Dr Muireann Quigley, CSEP, University of Manchester, School of Law, Williamson Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, Lancashire, UK; muireann.quigley{at}


Petersen and Lippert-Rasmussen argue that, while a tax credit scheme to encourage organ donation would be costly, the increased number of organs for transplantation would lead to other savings in the healthcare system. In the present work some calculations are provided and it is suggested that, even given optimistic assumptions, the cost to the state of implementing the system as proposed would be high and unlikely to garner the support of politicians and policymakers.

  • Kidneys
  • donation/procurement of organs/tissues
  • applied and professional ethics
  • legal philosophy
  • philosophical ethics
  • political philosophy
  • rights

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