101 East looks at the cost of legalising kidney sales in Singapore and discusses the government’s plans to consider a radical plan to legalise kidney sales, in a bid to provide a safe medical environment for the donor and kidney patient.
Singapore kidney patients spend hours every week on costly dialysis treatment while waiting for a transplant
Singapore has the fifth highest number of kidney failures in the world.
Kidney patients face costly dialysis treatments and waits of up to 10 years for a suitable donor. Some desperate patients resort to the black market and pay tens of thousands of dollars for illegal kidney transplants overseas.