Is it time to start paying blood donors?

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Publish Date
Mon, 15 Jun 2020, 1:17PM
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Is it time to start paying blood donors?

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 15 Jun 2020, 1:17PM

An economist has called for New Zealand to start paying blood donors. 

New Zealand, like other countries, does not pay donors, relying entirely on voluntary donation. 

However, a new report has revealed that New Zealand does rely on blood that is paid for - however, it is imported from the United States, where compensation for donation is allowed. 

Dr Eric Crampton from The NZ Initiative has written an opinion piece calling for donors to be paid. He joined Kerre McIvor to discuss why we need to do this, and why relying on blood from the US is not sustainable. 

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