Seeking Advice: Kidney Donation for a German National
This is a (slightly edited) repost of a question I asked on the EA subreddit. They recommended I ask the same question here, too. I hope this doesn’t go against any forum rules; if it does, please let me know and I will create a new post for the question.
Hi all. Ever since Scott Alexander’s article on kidney donation came out last year, I’ve been looking into donating one of my own (to the best of my knowledge healthy) kidneys.
The snag: I live in Germany, which doesn’t allow undirected organ donation. Nor would our health insurance cover the costs of a transplant done abroad (e.g. the Netherlands, which does allow UOD). And while I may be altruistic, I’m not holy or wealthy enough to pay thousands of Euros out of my own pocket.
So I’m looking for loopholes / a way that would allow me to do this. Do any of you have any good ideas or can point me in the right direction?
PS: I’m by no means committed to donating yet, but I resent not even having the option of choosing to do so. If there’s a way for me to donate legally, I anticipate a 70% chance of doing so.
Reddit user SvalbardCaretaker directed me towards the Swiss, who will apparently do surgeries of this kind for Germans as well. Unfortunately, Google is less than helpful in this question, so I’m hoping to hear from another German national who has had some experiences in this matter.
Thanks in advance!