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European Journal

Britain: "Good Samaritan” organ donation

Britain has pioneered a new kind of organ donation scheme. “Altruistic donation” allows people to donate a kidney to someone they don’t know.

A similar scheme is already in place in the Netherlands. However, in most other European countries, anonymous donations are heavily restricted in order to prevent abuse. That means only relatives or friends of the sick can donate organs. In 2006 Britain introduced a scheme allowing anybody to register to donate an organ. The number of people signing up has increased. So far, 276 altruistic organ donations have been received.