Want to pay less in taxes

Donate an organ.  Really, I’m not kidding.  Seventeen states offer tax incentives to people who donate a kidney, a portion of their liver or bone marrow for transplantation. 

There are over 100,000 people on waiting lists for an organ and the tax incentive is an attempt to increase the supply but unfortunately it isn’t working.  A poll found that 60% of Americans support some kind of financial incentive for organ donation but how much incentive would it take.

It will obviously take more incentive than is being offered through the tax breaks because the supply of organs has remained flat for the past several years and even in those states that offer a tax break donations have remained unchanged. 

I’m guessing most of us would donate a kidney to a person we love without any form of incentive but how much would it take for you to donate one of your perfectly good kidneys to a stranger?  Think about it for a minute, it’s a question that’s not easily answered.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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