Hospital Doctor, a British magazine, earlier this month reported that a firm called Transplants International was trying to recruit British patients.
China's Health Ministry banned its own hospitals from taking part in organ transplants from prisoners after an international outcry over the practice in the 1990s. "All the operations on foreigners in China are now carried out at military hospitals," Dr. Na said.
Foreigners, after an initial checkup, are guaranteed an organ will arrive within two weeks. Some human rights campaigners have claimed the use of transplanted organs encourages the authorities to arrange executions to suit the doctors' schedules.
Under the deal offered, British and other Western patients would be charged $40,000 for a kidney transplant. Of that, the middleman could keep $12,000 to $15,000. The rest went to the hospital.
Patients are mostly aware of where the organs come from, but if they need a transplant, they do not have much choice.