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A fair compensation. Considerations for a proposal to give living kidney donors priority for transplantation.
  201106E.pdf (484.1 KB)
Document ID LIB673
Document type Scientific advisory body opinion/advice
Issue date 26/01/2012
Document reference 978-90-5549-871-0
Original language of the document Dutch
Full text available in EN (484.1 KB) and NL (530.5 KB)
Document produced by Health Council of the Netherlands organisation visiting card
Document uploaded by Jeannette van Kan
Health Council of the Netherlands
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Health


Short description  This advisory report explores the health risks of living kidney donors, in particular that of developing renal insufficiency later in life. Although kidney donation during life is normally a safe procedure, not affecting the donors’ health and life expectancy, a small percentage (1%) of donors develops early terminal kidney failure requiring renal replacement therapy (dialysis/transplantation). The report recommends that these donors are entitled to a fair compensation for their disadvantage, by giving them priority over other (non-urgent) kidney patient on the waitlist. This recommendation is based on medical, moral and legal arguments that are analyzed and discussed in depth.
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  Patients in the Netherlands requiring a donor kidney spend three to four years on average on the transplant waiting list for a kidney from a deceased donor. Postmortem donor kidneys are in short supply. Consequently, over the past 15 years, it has increasingly been the case that living persons have donated a kidney. More than 58 percent of kidney donations in 2010 came from live donors. This devel ...

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