Alex Massie

One Iranian Policy We Should Welcome. And Copy.

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Andrew Sullivan is soliciting examples of what one might term The Iran Behind the Headlines. Here's one I blogged about last year. As Alex Tabarrok put it at the time:

Only one country in the world has eliminated the shortage of transplant kidneys.  Only one country in the world has legalized financial payments to kidney donors.  That country is Iran.

In an important report,nephrologist Benjamin Hippen argues that the Iranian system has saved thousands of lives and it should be used if not as model then to inform America's efforts to eliminate its deadly shortage.

Want to solve the organ donor shortage? Learn from Iran and permit donors to be compensated.

*NB: This doesn't mean I approve of the Iranian regime or welcome its policies in other areas. That should be obvious, I know, but sometimes one needs to make these things clear. Even stopped clocks and all that...

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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