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Artcards
03-02-2008, 02:48 PM
As everyone knows I use to give blood in the name of my brother Don. For every unit I gave he got that much free. Since he has passed away I have no one to give my blood to in the name of. If you have a loved one in need of a blood transfusions I will give in their name. This will help them out with the cost also. PM me their full name and the Name and city and state of the Hospital.
If anyone else would like to give I'm sure we can find someone for you also. So sign up. and lets see what we can do.
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1. Giver: Artcards

Merricat
03-02-2008, 02:57 PM
Great idea! Thanks Jena!

Loralou
03-02-2008, 03:18 PM
Wow you have to pay for blood in America? In the UK we all give for free and everyone receives for free. Makes more sense.
My partner tells me (who works for the national blood service) that 1 bag of blood is worth 150, thats $300!

Artcards
03-02-2008, 03:29 PM
Well I don't know the cost of blood but I know you have to pay for it. let me research and see what I find on pricing.


Wow you have to pay for blood in America? In the UK we all give for free and everyone receives for free. Makes more sense.
My partner tells me (who works for the national blood service) that 1 bag of blood is worth 150, thats $300!

stillatthetop
03-02-2008, 03:58 PM
You give blood free in the US, but the hospital charges for it, and to put it in the patient. Plasma is paid for to give...about $12 last I knew...they charge way more than that for it when it gets where it is going. Plasma can be stored a lot longer than blood can. Our medical system is a major scam here in the US. That is why lots of people cannot afford health coverage. I have been without my entire life. I might add that a simple bladder infection cost me well over $500 to cure about 5 years ago. Limited benefits for kids, too. That is why we have so many non-profit groups trying to help out the needy children with serious illness. The government expects you to go completely broke and homeless before they will even consider helping with costs. There is absolutely no way families could afford the costs alone. A sad shame.

An idea if you don't get a response here, Artcards...The group we RAK for the kids might be interested.

Artcards
03-02-2008, 04:03 PM
Are you talking about giving for the MACS kids? That might be a good Idea. Let me go see.



Wow you have to pay for blood in America? In the UK we all give for free and everyone receives for free. Makes more sense.
My partner tells me (who works for the national blood service) that 1 bag of blood is worth 150, thats $300!


You give blood free in the US, but the hospital charges for it, and to put it in the patient. Plasma is paid for to give...about $12 last I knew...they charge way more than that for it when it gets where it is going. Plasma can be stored a lot longer than blood can. Our medical system is a major scam here in the US. That is why lots of people cannot afford health coverage. I have been without my entire life. I might add that a simple bladder infection cost me well over $500 to cure about 5 years ago. Limited benefits for kids, too. That is why we have so many non-profit groups trying to help out the needy children with serious illness. The government expects you to go completely broke and homeless before they will even consider helping with costs. There is absolutely no way families could afford the costs alone. A sad shame.

An idea if you don't get a response here, Artcards...The group we RAK for the kids might be interested.

stillatthetop
03-02-2008, 04:25 PM
Yes. I could not think of the name of the program.

I might add that by Artcards giving in the name of her brother, the blood itself was free (correct me if I am wrong, there) but there were still hospital charges to transfuse it in. I was a bit unclear on that part when describing things. I will also add that for those who do not know...I worked in the same building as a Plasma bank (where they take the plasma from your blood). The people who mostly donated were street people...bums, you might call them. They gave so they had money for cigarettes and booze. I often wondered how healthy that plasma actually was, and if it was sufficiently tested for AIDS and things. I don't wish an arguement, but it is so sad the state of our medical system here in the US. I used to donate blood, as I have O+ which is sought after as the universal donor type of blood. I got sick the last few times (weakness and viral from my body being depleted of sources), so I don't donate any more.

crazy4homer
03-02-2008, 04:32 PM
I give blood all the time.. I never give in anyones name though. Just donate it. :)

teri
03-02-2008, 04:37 PM
Wow you have to pay for blood in America? In the UK we all give for free and everyone receives for free. Makes more sense.
My partner tells me (who works for the national blood service) that 1 bag of blood is worth 150, thats $300!

The cost that is associated with a unit of blood is not actually a charge for the blood itself, but for for the storage, testing etc. Regulations and safety precautions drive the cost up considerably. Hospitals don't charge for the blood, just the cost to maintain it's safety and testing...which ain't cheap.

And stillathetop: O- is the universal donor...AB+ is the universal recepient. :) (I'm a med tech, ie mad scientist.) LOL

Artcards
03-02-2008, 04:37 PM
I don't know anything about the cost of blood or free blood. All I know is they told me when I was giving blood that everything I gave in his name, he would get free. Other then that I have no clue. I did email MACS to see if they had a list of kids needing blood put in their name. I donate blood I'm not paid for it.

I found this at the redcross website

Why is there a charge when I receive a transfusion?
Although there is no charge for the blood itself, to cover all the costs associated with handling a unit of blood, the Red Cross charges a blood processing fee to the receiving hospital. The processing fee covers the cost of collecting, testing, processing, storing and distributing the blood products. The hospital may charge additional fees, such as a cross-match fee and an administration fee, to cover the cost of actually giving the transfusion.

Sounds like they really stick it to you.

Artcards
03-02-2008, 04:43 PM
I will ask in the next round of giving my blood, On how it helps the person I put down.

crazy4homer
03-02-2008, 04:48 PM
When I give just to donate they put so much on my account so I won't have to pay for blood if I would ever need. (so they tell me anyway) I don't care what they do with to tell you the truth. It's there if someone needs it.

stillatthetop
03-02-2008, 04:48 PM
Not arguing, teri, but I found this in wikipedia:

Blood group O (or blood group zero in some countries) individuals do not have either A or B antigens on the surface of their RBCs, but their blood serum contains IgM anti-A antibodies and anti-B antibodies against the A and B blood group antigens. Therefore, a group O individual can receive blood only from a group O individual, but can donate blood to individuals of any ABO blood group (ie A, B, O or AB). If anyone needs a blood transfusion in a dire emergency, and if the time taken to process the recipient's blood would cause a detrimental delay, O Negative blood can be issued.

I was just curious then why Hunter blood center "hounds" me (pun intended...the blood hound is their logo) to give. You are correct, though. O- is the most widely given in emergency situations.

My father would never agree to donate body parts if in an accident. He felt that given the choice of the doctor to save you, or make lots of money on all your parts that are distributed...that a dishonest doctor might let you die to pay for his expensive house, car, and wife! LOL. I am very cynical when it comes to medical stuff. I have seen much abuse of the system over the years.

Artcards
03-02-2008, 04:50 PM
Well I guess I was wrong looks like it doesn't help with the cost.
Replenishment Program - Donate to Help Someone in Need!

When a relative or friend becomes ill or is hospitalized, you want to help, and may not know how. You can show how much you care by making a blood donation in their name. Your gift of blood will help the community blood supply to be there when someone else is in need. When you donate blood in the name of a special person, you will be given a greeting card to send to the patient whose blood usage you are replenishing. The card lets the patient know you were thinking of them and donated blood in their name.

And I have to say my brother never got a card. lol
Anyway. I will keep giving. Guess I don't need to put in name of.
Oh well

Artcards
03-02-2008, 04:51 PM
What's Your Type?

There are four blood groups: type O, A, B and AB.

There are eight blood types which include: type O positive/O negative, type A positive/A negative, type B positive/B negative and type AB positive/AB negative.

Who Has It?

Type O positive is found in about 1 person in 3.

Type O negative is found in about 1 person in 15.

Type A positive is found in about 1 person in 3.

Type A negative is found in about 1 person in 16.

Type B positive is found in about 1 person in 12.

Type B negative is found in about 1 person in 67.

Type AB positive is found in about 1 person in 29.

Type AB negative is found in about 1 person in 167.

But the rarest type of blood is the type that is not available when YOU need it!

Artcards
03-02-2008, 04:54 PM
Well I see no need in keeping this opened. It was a nice thought but I guess we can close it now.
Hugs Jena

Loralou
03-02-2008, 04:57 PM
Well whatever the logistics involved in cost etc... it is a wonderful thing that you do to donate blood! Well done!
I am a B- I am third rarest! whoop, guess I hope they have some of my blood on store when I need it back! lol

crazy4homer
03-02-2008, 05:05 PM
I am A+.. one of the most common types.

I am also an organ donor but DO NOT carry a card. My husband and family members all know my wishes though so I won't worry about any dishonest Dr.'s.. LOL

Artcards
03-02-2008, 05:08 PM
I'm O+ which means anyone with blood type AB , A+ , B+ and O+ can have my blood but I can only have O+ and O- blood.

crazy4homer
03-02-2008, 05:10 PM
A few years ago I tried to register to become a bone marrow donor and they wouldn't let me when I told them I was diabetic. I wonder why that is... anyone know?

adifferentstory
03-02-2008, 05:15 PM
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