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The shortage of organs for transplantation is a thorny problem. Nearly 118,000 people in the U.S. are on waiting lists for transplants of kidneys, hearts, livers, and other organs; an estimated 8,000 of them will not live to receive a transplant.

The desperate situation has spurred various searches for solutions. Scientists are working on ways to preserve donated organs longer and are developing algorithms that factor in a patient’s proximity to a transplant center along with their health characteristics. Others have suggested ways to increase the organ supply, maybe through financial compensation for donors, or via relaxed standards for donated organs.

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  • I am a resident of the United Kingdom. England will be changing to opt out in the spring of 2020. I am of the opinion that this may well back fire especially after the Alder-Hay scandal of 1988-1995.
    As a result of this new legislation being introduced in England next year I have, along with most members of my family have opted out completely, where as before most of us were happily opted in. We have taken this stance as a demonstration against the British Governments attitude that seems to give us the impression that the state owns our bodies when in fact they don’t.

  • Opt out is great in countries that have universal care; Spain is a good example of an excellent health and transplant system. The USA is a For-Profit system and of course it has horrendous financial barriers to transplant. Until the US system changes, I don’t think opt out is at all appropriate.

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