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By Liang Chen (Global Times)

09:59, October 28, 2011

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The Ministry of Health also created a regulation dictating harsh penalties to be imposed on illegal organ deals: Suspects involved would be fined eight to 10 times of what their profits were from the organ deals, and the licenses of the clinics would be revoked if they carried out the illegal surgeries.

Cases of doctors involved with illegal organ transplants have occasionally surfaced. Last month, three doctors from Shandong Province were arrested for illegally transplanting human organs in North China's Hebei Province, Xinhua reported.

According to the regulation, the doctors involved will have their licenses revoked, and they will receive harsh punishment.

Xu Lin said the underground organ market is fed by a massive supply gap.

Statistics show there are about 1.5 million patients on China's organ transplant waiting list, while the number of registered donors is only about 10,000, which is less than 1 percent of the demand.

The traditional Chinese belief that humans should die intact has prevented people from donating organs, Xu told the Global Times.

Liu Mingxiang, a law professor with the Renmin University of China, said the best way to stop the underground organ deals is to establish an open, scientific organ-donating system.

"The donors have no idea where and how they can donate their organs while people who need them cannot find the right place to have the surgeries, so it is necessary to establish a community-based relief system for donating," Liu told the Global Times.

China launched a trial program last year allowing people to voluntarily donate their organs after they die in order to meet the increasing demand for donor organs. In total, 37 people have donated 97 organs through the trial program since February of this year, People's Daily reported.

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