What are the contrasting ideals of the British and U.S. blood systems? Which system, in your opinion, better promotes human freedom and respect for people? Which system better promotes the supply of blood?
The contrasting ideal of blood systems in the United States and Britain is the commercialization aspect. While the American system is a mixture of donated blood through public health facilities and a commercialized supply through the private sector, the British system solely relies on donations through the National Health Services (Shaw, 2010).
system better promotes human freedom and respect for people, and blood supply is:
The British system better promotes freedom and respect for people because of the value that it develops between the donor and the recipient, and the social independence that it has on the donor. This is contrary to the American system in which economic need may induce donation and reduce blood value to money’s worth. The reduced value affects respect between the donor and the recipient. The British system similarly promotes blood supply better because it has no “economic and administrative” barriers that hinder quality and quantity of blood supply in the US system (Shaw, 2010, p. 87). Question 5 Are Titmuss and Singer correct to suggest that buying and selling of blood reduce altruism? The idea that buying and selling of blood reduces altruism is valid because buying and selling induce economic self-