Today, Canadian Doctors for Medicare emailed the following letter to Canadian Blood Services to register our support for their clear commitment to a voluntary system for blood plasma donations.
November 30, 2016Leah Hollins Chair, Board of Directors Canadian Blood Services1800 Alta Vista Drive Ottawa, Ontario K1G 4J5
Dear Ms. Hollins and the Board of Canadian Blood Services:
Canadian Doctors for Medicare would like to express our whole-hearted support for Canadian Blood Services’ position regarding the collection of paid donations of blood and plasma. We were heartened to read the following in your public statement about this important issue:
Canadian Blood Services does not and will not pay donors for blood, plasma or any other kind of donation.
It has never been our practice, and it is not our plan to pay donors. We truly value and appreciate our donors who give of themselves to help patients in need. And we believe more Canadians will volunteer to do so — without the incentive of payment.
A private, for-profit company recently opened in Saskatoon. It offers donors a $25 gift card in exchange for donating plasma. We do not purchase plasma from this company, and we have no contract or obligation to do business with them. Rather, our plan is to significantly expand our plasma collections to ensure we operate in the most effective way.
We believe that Canadian Blood Services’ position is the safest, most sensible and responsible option for blood and plasma collection. Canadian Doctors for Medicare encourages all parties in the health care sector to commit to the same approach.
Sincerely,Dr. Monika DuttChair, Canadian Doctors for Medicare