Despite both the effectiveness of the treatment and the general public support for organ donation, there is a persistent global shortage of transplantable organs. In recent years, governments and regulatory bodies have been exploring a variety of ways to decrease this shortage, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of lives. This article summarises the most significant regulatory and technological developments around the world and evaluates their effectiveness in increasing the availability of transplantable organs, focussing on the move from an ‘opt-in’ to an ‘opt-out’ system.
Category: Ethics and Society, Health, Philosophy, Public AffairsTags: Consent, Ethics, Family, Informed Consent, Legislature, Liberal, Medical Ethics, Motivation, Opinion, Opt-in, Opt-out, Organ Donation, Organs, Priority Rule, Public Affairs, Statistics, Survival, Transplant, Transplantation, Vulnerability
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