Oh, that’s awful. Just awful. I’m so sorry to hear they do that. Or did that—do they still do that? It’s quite different in Australia:
- There are no bidders; it’s all not-for-profit. Blood is provided free of charge to recipients, through the public health system.
- Donors receive no payment for blood donation, just a few snacks in the recovery room and a warm fuzzy feeling from knowing we’re helping someone. The Red Cross Blood Donor Service goes to a lot of trouble to show their appreciation, calling to check up on donors and thank them on a regular basis.
- We can only donate whole blood every 12 weeks, or plasma every 2 weeks.
- Many stringent tests are applied to find eligible donors, and one of them is that no one can donate blood within 12 months of being in prison for more than 72 hours. So there are no blood donations in prison, either.
I can’t imagine how awful that must’ve been, but I can imagine why you’d then have a problem with blood donations.