Slippin' Jimmy wrote:Getting paid to donate blood works in the U.S.
Why not Peru?
While being paid to donate blood is not illegal in the US, any blood that is paid for must be labelled as such, and in practice hospitals will not use such blood because they fear that it is more likely to be tainted: due to the profit motivation, someone might lie about their health. Can you imagine the lawsuit if a hospital used such paid-for blood and it turned out an HIV donor lied about their HIV status to be paid, and the recipient developed HIV because the donor's HIV level was too low to be picked up by the blood quality tests? No hospital is going to risk that.
So in fact, getting paid to donate blood does NOT work in the US because it does not, as a rule, happen (as always it must be conceded that some rare exception could occur at some point, so I can't say with certainty that it never ever happens, but it is exceedingly rare if it does).
Donating plasma (which comes from blood), however, *is* something that people can, and are, compensated for. In this case the blood is drawn, the plasma is removed from the blood, and then the blood sans plasma is put back into the donor. The plasma is then processed further in such a way that there is no danger of disease being transferred to recipients, which is why it is considered acceptable for plasma donors to be compensated. Even if someone has HIV or whatever, it won't matter, so there is no need to remove any incentive to lie.