So much misinformation here:
- The case for no-blood alternatives is not because of JW's, it's despite them. The facts are that JW's make up not even 0.1% of the population and JW children (if any treatment were developed specifically for JW's, this would be the only ethical reason to even consider developing alternatives) make up only a handful of cases, there are diseases that affect more people that go entirely untreated because it's not even cost effective (cost as in people resources used to not develop other treatments) to look into them.
- Blood transfusions are by no means the easiest nor cheapest option, doctors don't care much about how much a treatment costs in the first place, but if they did, they wouldn't be picking blood transfusions.
Blood transfusions are expensive in more ways than just the monetary value and risky to more people than just the patient at hand. Blood and it's transfusions are carefully managed and weighted before the issue is even brought up to the patient and most if not all viable alternatives would've been worked through by a team of specialists.
No-blood alternatives are created to reduce the need and use of blood products. The reason fractions are even a thing is definitely not because it may have been a loophole for a single crackpot religion that can change the rules arbitrarily, it's because it allows one blood donation to go ten times further than in the past.
The only thing JW's do with this policy is die off faster, if it weren't for the kids, it would be a perfect example of a good Darwin Award.