Living Kidney Donation: The Importance of Public Education

14 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2014

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Makmor Tumin

University of Malaya- Faculty of Economics and Administration

Rajah Rasiah

University of Malaya

Abdillah Noh

Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK)

NurulHuda Satar

University of Malaya (UM) - Faculty of Economics & Administration (FEA)

Chin Sieng Chong

Independent

Soo Lim

University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Medicine

Kok Ng

Independent

Date Written: November 12, 2014

Abstract

A sample of Malaysians in the Klang Valley indicating their decision on becoming unrelated living kidney donors was surveyed regarding huge amounts of financial incentives to be rewarded to them. From the 1310 respondents, 72.1% said "no" on becoming a living donor. The reason "I don't think humans can live with only one kidney" scored the highest (35.6%), and from the 27.9% of the respondents who are willing to donate their organ with the right financial incentive, most of the respondents picked the reasons "I want to do something noble in life" (50%), and monetary reason scored the lowest (6.2%), indicating that financial incentive is not a major reason guiding individuals' decision on becoming living donors. We suggest that the government should put priority at targeting public education to raise the understanding on the risk, safety and the quality of life of donation and transplantation, and improving the public trust on the donation and the surgical methods to carry out transplantation.

Keywords: financial incentives; living kidney donors; Malaysia; organ donation; public education

Suggested Citation

Tumin, Makmor and Rasiah, Rajah and Noh, Abdillah and Satar, NurulHuda and Chong, Chin Sieng and Lim, Soo and Ng, Kok, Living Kidney Donation: The Importance of Public Education (November 12, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2523747 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2523747

Makmor Tumin (Contact Author)

University of Malaya- Faculty of Economics and Administration ( email )

Dept. of Administrative Studie
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia

Rajah Rasiah

University of Malaya ( email )

University of Malaya
Faculty of Economics and Administration
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia
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Abdillah Noh

Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) ( email )

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NoAbdulah,, Jalan Munshi Abdullah
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur 50100
Malaysia

NurulHuda Satar

University of Malaya (UM) - Faculty of Economics & Administration (FEA)

University of Malaya
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia

Chin Sieng Chong

Independent ( email )

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Soo Lim

University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Medicine ( email )

Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

Kok Ng

Independent ( email )

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