It is “disturbing,” “risky” and “dangerous,” according to critics, that Canadian Blood Services is exploring a partnership with a private company to introduce paid plasma donation across Canada.
Paying for plasma would put the safety of our blood supply in jeopardy, they proclaim.
It would cut down on voluntary donations! Take advantage of the poor! Compromise the integrity of our altruism-based donation system! Introduce privatization where there should be none!
No, these critics insist – critics that include the federal NDP, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union and the Canadian Health Coalition – the status quo must be maintained. And that status quo is one of … imported paid plasma donations that, through the magic of cognitive dissonance, somehow do not put the safety of our blood supply at risk, do not exploit the poor and do not compromise the integrity of…