Legislation has recently come into effect in France that now presumes consent to organ donation. France’s previous policy required doctors to consult relatives in cases where deceased individuals had no clear directives regarding organ donation, and relatives refused in almost one third of the cases. The new policy means that all citizens will be organ donors unless they sign up on a ‘refusal register’. This legislation comes in the wake of persistent organ shortages and ever-growing transplant waiting lists. The hope is that an opt-out program will help alleviate this problem. Some have suggested that the opt-out system will increase donation rates through reducing next-of-kin vetoes, while others have claimed that more people will donate because it will now be the status quo.
Organ Donation in France: A Move to the Opt-Out System
Legislation has recently come into effect in France that now presumes consent to organ donation. France’s previous policy required doctors to consult relatives in cases where deceased individuals had no clear directives regarding organ donation, […]
GBI excited to announce new President, Dr. Bruce Gelb
Global Bioethics Initiative is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Bruce Gelb, M.D., F.A.C.S, as President of the Board of Directors. Dr. Gelb is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, […]
The future of bioethics under President-elect Trump: Professor Moreno’s Thoughts
It is difficult to predict the fate of bioethics in the coming years under the new President-elect Trump, states Professor Jonathan Moreno, an Advisory Board member of Global Bioethics Initiative.
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