In English: 22 percent of Swedes willing to sell their kidney for transplantation
More than 20 percent of the Swedes are willing to consider selling one of their kidneys according to a survey conducted in the beginning of April by the Science department at the Swedish Radio, in collaboration with the market institute TNS branch SIFO.
In Sweden, as in all countries with the exception of Iran, trading with organs is illegal. One thousand people representing a statistical mean of the Swedish population were asked whether they would be willing to sell one of their own kindneys, given that the law were to be changed in order for the transaction to be legal and that the buyer would be a local medical council buying a kidney for transplantation on a patient in need within the Swedish medical system, for a sum of 300 000 SEK. 22 percent of those asked declared themselves willing to consider the offer after being informed of that 600 patients are currently waiting for a kidney transplant in Sweden, and that living with only one kidney normally poses no medical problem for the donor although a surgical operation always involves a certain risk.
Twenty percent of the Swedish population represents approximately 1.5 million people in real numbers, so only a fraction of those willing would need to actually act in order for the entire transplantation queue to vanish. According to the caclulations made by the Swedish Radio science department the economical gains for society in reduced costs for blood dialysis would be 300 million SEK per annum if all the transplantations were to speedily take place.