Tuesday, October 18, 2011

More On Paying For Organ Donors' Funerals

Here's an interesting take on the current Brit debate on whether organ donors should have their funerals paid for.
Free funerals for organ donors: are donation incentives unethical?
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics in the United Kingdom has suggested a scheme to gauge support for the idea of government funding for funerals of people who donate their organs.
The recommendation follows an 18-month investigation into ways to increase the rate of organ donation in the UK, which is very similar to Australia’s.
There were 309 organ donors in Australia last year, leading to 931 transplants. Despite this, at any one time there are around 1700 people on waiting lists for organ transplantations.
Waiting times for transplants average between six months and four years, depending upon the organ required. more

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