Kidney donations have not changed much over the last decade according to doctors.
This has lead to a study that will be published in the next edition of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
In the study researchers say that 54% of respondents who previously would not consider giving a kidney, might if offered ten thousand dollars.
Benefits of the proposed model include longer life for patients and a reduction in dialysis costs.
The idea is ethically controversial according to Medical Ethics and Law Professor Margaret Somerville, who teaches at McGill University.
According to Somerville the practice can be considered coercive as it entices those from a lower socioeconomic stautus to make a risky choices they would not otherwise be inclined to make.
At present, no compensation is provided to donors in Canada although donor expenses can be reimbursed.