Monday, January 24, 2011
Chinese Organ Monies
As a joke, I threw out the idea one night that the global economy is ultimately fueled by the funds collected as a result of the Chinese organ market. At the encouragement of an audience member, I'm going to explore this concept further. I have absolutely no proof for this theory, and no belief in its validity, but let’s examine it for a moment.
According to the World Health Organization, the average price for a kidney received by the seller is 5 large. However, the broker who purchased the thing goes on to charge between 100 and 200K. (That’s a mark-up of 3000%! Most businessmen would kill for a profit margin like that... wink, wink. After all, someone who gives you one kidney can be forced to “donate” the second one for free. The organ donor sketch from The Meaning of Life comes to mind...)
Mainland China has a population of around 1.3 billion. Approximately 70% are considered “adults” (defined as between 15 and 64 years of age). If even half of those adults are currently missing a kidney that means we’ve got about 455 million of the slippery little devils floating around. At current market rates that could come to as much as 91 trillion dollars.
Canada’s gross domestic product for 2009 was about 1.3 trillion. The States? Around 14 trillion. In 2007, the entire globe had a GDP of a little over 65 trillion.
Once we compare these numbers, we can clearly conclude that China is secretly hoarding its supply of “red gold” in some sort of gigantic underground kidney bunker to avoid flooding the market. But whenever they wish, they can usher in a glorious age of wealth and prosperity, or bring the global economy to its knees, all thanks to organ money. With the enormous financial capital that China possesses, is there anything they couldn’t do?
Scary, isn’t it?