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Despite the ability to save lives by being an organ donor, many citizens worldwide opt out of the donor programs offered by their government. The number of people choosing not to participate in these programs creates a problem known as the organ shortage. In the United States alone, over 117 thousand people are currently in need of a transplant with only roughly 30 thousand transplants occurring every year due to the lack of availability of organs. The organ shortage is killing over 11 thousand people every year across the globe and the only way to end those needless deaths is by making organ donations mandatory.
Organ donations save lives
As mentioned above, over 11 thousand people die yearly while waiting on an organ transplant list. The shortage of donations is the only reason for the slow movement of this list. A single organ donor can save up to eight lives. By requiring organ donation, the wait time would decrease significantly, saving the lives of those in need of a transplant.
Organ donations improve lives
Over 1 million debilitating injuries to tissues and skin occur each year. Since organ donors not only donate their main organs but also tissues as well, the lives of those that suffer from these injuries can be greatly improved. Each organ donor has the opportunity to improve the lives of as many as 50 people.
No cost to the donor
There is a widespread myth that the family of an organ donor will be charged for the costs of surgery and this is as far away from a fact as possible. Surgical costs are paid by the person receiving the organ or the government, depending on the status of health care in the country. No organ donor has ever been charged for donating an organ.
Opt-out policies help, but not enough
Many people believe that the next step to increasing organ donation would be an opt-out policy. In this situation, every person would automatically be labeled as a registered donor, but they would be given the opportunity to opt-out and keep their organs after death.
There is an average increase of 20-30% in the number of organ donors in countries that switched to an opt-out policy. While this increase would help close the gap, it would not end the organ shortage.
Mandatory donation is the only solution
Mandatory donation would strip away the right for people to choose what happens to their bodies after their deaths. While this may seem like a significant change, it is the only way to ensure that as many lives are saved as possible. Something needs to be done to combat 11 thousand deaths that are occurring annually, and the only correct answer is implementing mandatory organ donation.
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