Not for use in pies.
THE DAILY YOMIURI (FEB. 2) reports that the government of the
Philippines may create the world's first open market for live human
kidneys. The country's health ministry has devised a plan whereby
foreign patients could pay a donor $14,000 for a kidney, about
CDN$35,000 for the costs of the procedure, and roughly $10,000 toward a
health fund for native Filipino patients. The government hopes to cut
off oxygen to a burgeoning black market in organs and capture domestic
benefits from Japan's 10,000-member kidney waiting list, but the
plan is likely to stir international controversy and must survive public
hearings. If it goes ahead, though, there will be yet another avenue of
escape from the "single tier" of Canadian medicare.