Policy ForumPUBLIC HEALTH

Economic Rewards to Motivate Blood Donations

Science  24 May 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6135, pp. 927-928
DOI: 10.1126/science.1232280

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The position and guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and several national blood collection agencies for nearly 40 years have been based on the view that offering economic incentives to blood donors is detrimental to the quantity and safety of the blood supply (1). The guidelines suggest that blood should be obtained from unpaid volunteers only (2). However, whether economic incentives positively or negatively affect blood donations (and other prosocial activities) has remained the subject of debate since the positions were established (28).