Should we pay for blood? -

Should we pay for blood?


Filed under:

Should we pay for blood?

  1. With the number of unemployed, over 50 year old people who have little to no chance of competing in the workplace, especially with the number of temporary foreign workers being brought in to undercut Canadians, any sort of income is appreciated.

    • Mike, obtaining blood is not about providing an income but rather about providing the injured with a safe product. If we pay for it, there is a chance that people will lie during the screening process and we will end up with another tainted blood problem. We do not want that.

  2. Since they took blood donations out of the hands of the Red Cross, donations dropped, as most people never find out about it until after it’s over.

    Do we REALLY want to see even more negative changes to a system that once worked fairly well, and make it even less reliable or useful than it has become already?

    • After the Krever Inquiry, the trust in blood services in this country took a significant hit. The reputation of the Red Cross was severely damaged in the tainted blood scandal. Of course they had more donations before because they did almost NO screening. That is what caused the tainted blood scandal in the first place. It is vital that the blood supply is safe as well as stable. If you want to donate, call the Canadian Blood Services.

      • While what you say was in the news, for the entire country to see, the reality about the reduction in donations is far, far simpler: The Red Cross called people when they were planning a blood drive in the area. CBS doesn’t.

        Remember that I didn’t mention that “acceptance of blood required to save your life in an emergency situation” didn’t go down, but donations. Let’s be honest, here…when you’re going to die without it, you’re going to accept it, even if it means listening to Emperor Harperius tell you about all the good things he’s done for you and for Canada by selling us out to China and the US and the EU and…

        • Canadian Blood Services calls its regular donors too.
          I have no idea what you are talking about….I just know that when things shook out in the Krever Inquiry, practices like purchasing blood from US prisons came to light. That is why people were given blood tainted with Hepatitis C and HIV. Do you think those revelations didn’t change peoples’ perspectives on the way things were being run and whether it was really safe to even donate (ie: were needles and equipment being sterilized, etc)? This whole thing happened in the late 1990’s so you can’t really blame the conservatives.

          • Did you read my reply before making that response?

          • Yes. Nobody I know who WAS a regular donor received a single call after CBS took over. That was 12 years ago.

            Were those facts unclear?

            PS: I know this because I looked at the last date on MY CARD, and caught a few people I know who USED TO BE regular donors online and asked them.

          • Pretty sure I was giving blood before CBS and the calls continued after they took over. Maybe it differs from region to region; I’m in southern ON.

          • Same area. Windsor to Chatham area, nobody I know ever got a call.

            Asked around a bit, and the reason I’m told is that the calls in this specific area used to be made by volunteers, but now they’re not. Not sure about that one.

            I’ve also been told (and also am not sure of) the idea that “they only call for specific blood types now.” That excuse didn’t ring true with me at all…it’s almost like saying “your area has been extremely lucky, and with a population of roughly 600,000 people in the area, nobody with your blood type has been seriously injured in over a decade.”

            To me, it seems as they’re being run as a government agency…fail, profit, and eliminate the things that used to work extremely well for the people.

          • I am not sure what the issue was. I attended a Canadian Blood Services mobile donation event in my work place. I went through the screening and donated. Since then I have received calls every time they are coming to my place of work. It is possible that Canadian Blood Services did not have the Red Cross’ list of donors.

          • I am called about every 8 weeks. But, you probably don’t know me.

        • As one who has received calls, I can assure you CBS calls past donors to alert them of blood drives in their area.

  3. The poll left out another important option: You can pay small amounts to voluntary blood donors as a simple compensation without it becoming a for-profit operation; as is done in many European countries.

    • I think it is proper to pay for expenses incurred like parking, taking the bus.

  4. If shortages are costing lives I would expect a market system would save people. But I dislike the idea. I think it cuts into the sense of social responsibility that is important. So I’d think some payment would be good, short of overhauling the system.

  5. If the for-profit companies apply the same screening as CBS then where is the additional risk? It’s not like CBS relies on your answers to screen the blood. Those answers are to make donors aware of what might make them ineligible and screen the DONOR. Even after all the questions, you could still lie and knowingly donate contaminated blood which is then screened back at the lab. That should not change in a for-profit situation although I would suspect more plasma to be discarded.

  6. didn’t realize i was on a CA site, my bad

  7. What Republican morons voted to have blood be a for-profit industry here in Canada?