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Illegal blood scalpers cited in payment claim

LOCAL blood authorities warned people not to believe posters placed in residential communities offering payment for blood donations, which they suspect came from illegal blood scalpers.

The posters have been reported to health officials and police for investigation.

A picture posted online in an elevator at a residential building offered to pay up to 1,200 yuan (US$192) and an extra nutrition subsidy for giving 400 milliliters of blood. Donors also supposedly would receive an official blood donation certificate.

Illegal scalpers make money by paying for blood donations to help enterprises, government bodies and subdistrict communities fulfil their donation quotas, authorities said.

In Shanghai, the blood comes from voluntary donations and quotas. Enterprises and subdistrict communities face fines of up to five times the fees of the blood shortfall based on their quota. They also must pay the blood mutual aid fee if their employees need blood transfusions.

Currently, the blood mutual aid fee is 240 yuan for every 200 milliliters of blood. It is based on the cost of blood collection, testing, storage and transportation, and the government doesn't make a profit, blood authorities said.

While the poster gave the name of Shanghai Blood Center, both the Shanghai Blood Center and Shanghai Blood Administration Office said yesterday that they never put up advertisements to find donors through financial incentives, which is illegal under China's blood donation laws.


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