"RUBY Russell is the latest victim of a cash-strapped State Government that has plummeted to a new low by forcing private hospital patients to pay for blood. The Government's latest grab for cash runs the risk of jeopardising the entire donor system, already struggling with a lack of blood donors. And last night it emerged Premier Nathan Rees sacked senior bureaucrat John Pearse - the longest serving state treasurer secretary. And for the first time in Australia, the Rees Government will collect money from private hospitals instead of supplying the blood products free. The move which will net the Government $8 million annually." Am I getting this right? the government will make a patient pay a tax to recieve my blood donation? as a regular donor I am really shocked to hear something like this - that's if I am understanding what's being said here. My blood comes from my body, and I donate my blood and my time so that a sick person can benefit from it, without the expectation of getting anything back from them. I don't give blood so that someone can make money from it. What's going on? My status as a blood donor will be in jeapordy if that's really what's happening. Can someone clear this up for me?