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ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperOpinion / Opinion LineEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsTalk from streetDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPIllegal blood exchanges will only end when more people become donors(China Daily) Updated:2016-04-28 07:31Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallLocal residents donate blood at a blood bank in Kunshan City, east Chinas Jiangsu province, Aug 2, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]A number of illegal blood exchanges have been unveiled in an undercover report based in the First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, East Chinas Jiangsu province. Chinese Business View commented on Wednesday:Although blood resources are in high demand in China, they are supposed to be untradeable. However, there are some who still manage to exploit loopholes in the system.
Due to the countrys serious shortage of blood resources, hospitals are only allowed to use their blood stocks when a patient is dying, meaning that those in less critical conditions who require blood are supposed to turn to friends or relatives for blood donations.
However, many of the donors turn out to be strangers paid by the “blood dealers”, who sell their donations for about four to five times higher than the regular price to patients in need.
The blood donor rate in China was about 0.95 percent of its population in 2014, less than the 3 percent needed to meet the basic needs of the country. That leaves enough room for the blood dealers to rake in huge profits in illegal blood exchanges, as patients have no choice but to pay extra money to save their lives.
This means if the off-the-record blood trade is curbed, hospitals will not have enough blood to treat all the patients who need a blood transfusions.
And in the face of stricter restrictions, blood dealers will be more careful, keeping their business under the radar, which may mean patients have to pay more for blood donations.
In other words, simply punishing the wrongdoers will not serve as a fundamental cure to the nationwide blood shortage. The priority for the authorities is to establish a transparent donation and compensation mechanism for donors to encourage more people to donate blood.
Also, more efforts have to be made to cut the red tape in both donation and use of blood, especially when the donors and receivers are not in the same city.0Related StoriesBlood donor campaign attracts brothers in armsVolunteers respected on World Blood Donor DayCampaigners strip down for blood donor appeal ahead of the OlympicsA blood donorFarmers resort to new cash crop: bloodMore than 1,200 Hechi teachers and students donate bloodXi urges production safety after blood lessonsMost Viewed Todays Top NewsFour plus phree equals a loving familyLet market power new energy vehiclesWe dont need language that would fry baconNew Belt and Road bridge for China-Arab tiesChina, India, Russia come together for regional peaceForum TrendsIs Chinas classic literature known in the West?Should campus be open to tourists?Is tipping a mark of civilization?Safety tips for women traveling aloneIs teaching a job or passion?A4 waist challenge: The thinner, the better?Will artificial intelligence replace humans?ColumnistsWrong moral compass breeds serious scamsHas the devil got hold of their hearts?Featured ContributorsPeter Liangs case victory for American Chinese communityChinas peaceful rise faces US provocations: OpinionStar BloggersMy best friend in China: 35th anniversary of China Daily By subeChina Daily is like a friend who stays with me in every mood in my life. If I am happy, I can write a blog and if I am upset, I can enjoy what others have said and let my feelings go away.China Daily, 35 years on: my memories By aixiI first discovered China Daily a few years ago. It was my first visit to China, and I was waiting for my tour guide to arrive.My vision for a smog-free China By eddieturksonI’ve lived in China for quite a considerable time including my graduate school years, travelled and worked in a few cities and still choose my destination taking into consideration the density of smog or PM2.5 particulate matter in the region.Special2016 Happy Chinese New YearGlobal views on 2016 Two SessionsNew Normal charts new growth…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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