Sunday, May 02, 2010

ORGAN DONATION BY DEFAULT


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have signed up to be an organ donor and I believe organ donation to be quite honorable, but I have huge problems with the presumed consent proposal.

one who was saved by organ donation! said...

Brodsky is just a self-serving political hack making hay on the back of his daughter's miracle ! i waited 8 years for my Transplant-Miracle & i am blessed to be alive every day - having said that - Organ Donation is & should be a personal decision & not a law passed to garner votes !

More public education about the truths & not the myths of Organ Donation would go a lot farther to educating the "donating public" & gather more Donated Organs than another effin law.
Assemblyman Skartados did a wonderful public forum that taught more of the public about the truths of Donation than any Brodsky-tainted law.

DONATE LIFE !!! become an Organ Donor ! It SAVES LIVES !!!

Dave said...

If we're going to presume people are organ donors unless they opt out, there needs to be a reward for not opting out. Donated organs should be allocated first to those who haven't opted out. People who opt out of organ donation should go to the back of the transplant waiting list. The United Network for Organ Sharing, which manages the national organ allocation system, has the power to make this simple policy change. No legislative action is required.

Americans who want to donate their organs to other registered organ donors don't have to wait for UNOS to act. They can join LifeSharers, a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.

According to a new survey by Donate Life America 43 percent of people are undecided, reluctant or do not wish to have their organs and tissue donated after their deaths. Is this because Americans don't know there is an organ shortage? No. The survey also reports that 78 percent realize there are more people who need organ transplants in the U.S. than the number of donated organs available.

Just about every single one of the 43% of Americans who aren't willing to register as organ donors would accept an organ transplant if they needed one to live. As long as we let non-donors jump to the front of the waiting list when they need transplants we'll always have an organ shortage.

Anonymous said...

If the organ is donated does the recipient receive it for free? If not, I think voluntary organ donors [or rather, their surviving family members] should be paid for the contribution. Why should the medical community make megabucks off our personal tragedies? Don't they (too generic, but it will have to do...) exploit us enough already?