Guinea Pigs Getting Paid: The Economics of Selling Your Body to Science

By Veronique Greenwood | May 10, 2012 11:18 am
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  • Huh?

    Why is everything for sale?

  • Anonymous

    I completely disagree with the “Maximum Ethical Wage.”  Lowering the pay out won’t discourage desparate people from participating, it just means that the absolute most desparate, the people in our communities most likely to be extorted, will be the ones participating in the studies.  If you truly want to be ethical, then that means no pay at all, but since those types of volunteers are rare, I say pay these people millions, because they are sacrificing their health for the advancement of health sciences.

  • BeenThereDoneThat

    For clinical trials, especially for people who don’t have other options, the monetary compensation is trivial and inconsequential.  Speaking as such a person in a clinical trial for a number of years, I would gladly pay to be a “guinea pig” – I know without my participation, the drug I am “testing” would never get approved.  Just one perspective…

  • Slgibbs1

    When I worked at a medical school, I usedto do studies all the time. I didn’t get rich, but the money helped and it was fun!

  • Anonymous

    I did a long complicated eye exercise for Columbia U, NYC. Clara, the Korean woman conducting it, said she didn’t have the money ($40) and agreed to mail me a check.
    She did not. I checked again about 2 weeks later. She was not there.

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