Essay On Organ Donation

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“More than 36,000 patients nationwide are waiting for an organ transplant. Less than half of these patients will be transplanted; about 2,000 new patients are added to the waiting list each month.” (1) There is a higher demand for the need of organ transplants in our medical field as more and more lethal diseases are being detected. Deceased organ donors are people who have either been in accidents that are brain dead or who have suffered a cardiac death. While organ donors save many lives every year, the majority of people waiting for an organ transplant don’t receive one because they die first. This is because hundreds of healthy, use able, and in demand organs are buried and cremated every day. According, to the Canadian Transport Society, 90% of Canadians say they support organ donation but less than 20% have made plans to donate (2). Therefore, Opt-out system (presumed consent system) is much more favorable for deceased organ transplant than Opt-in system.
There are currently two types of formality to achieve organ donation globally: Opt-In, where citizens have to sign up to become a donor after death and the more controversial Opt-Out system. In an Opt-out or Presumed Consent system all citizens are automatically organ donors unless a specific request is made before death that they don’t wish to donate their organs. While presumed consent may seem consequential, it has successfully increased the amount of organ donations in other countries. Canadian politicians have

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