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|Title:||Ethical issues in paying for long-distance travel and accommodation expenses of oocyte donors|
|Source:||Heng, B.C. (2005). Ethical issues in paying for long-distance travel and accommodation expenses of oocyte donors. Reproductive BioMedicine Online 11 (5) : 552-553. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.|
|Abstract:||In many countries where the sale and purchase of donor oocytes is banned, a legal loophole often exploited is the use of free air tickets and hotel stay to entice prospective oocyte donors, in lieu of monetary payment. Such a means of procuring much-needed donor oocytes is ethically unsound. There is a lack of transparency and the personal motivation of the oocyte donor may be clouded by the desire for a 'free' holiday. Moreover, such a system is open to abuse by medical professionals. Private fertility clinics may source for oocyte donors to attract patients. The oocyte donor is paid nothing (except free travel and hotel stay), while the medical professional makes a handsome profit from treating infertile patients, which is not equitable. Medical professionals can also easily make a profit by marking up the price of air tickets and hotel stay to the patient (oocyte recipient). This would be thoroughly unprofessional, since the money earned is not directly related to the medical skills and expertise of the fertility specialist. Hence, it is imperative that various regulatory authorities should critically re-examine the giving of free travel and accommodation to oocyte donors, instead of monetary compensation.|
|Source Title:||Reproductive BioMedicine Online|
|Appears in Collections:||Staff Publications|
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