Thousands of people in Germany are urgently in need of new organ, like a heart or a kidney. But there are too few donors. Health minister Jens Spahn has proposed making organ harvesting after death standard unless people register not to donate.
Just under 800 people donated their organs in 2016. Health Minister Jens Spahn wants to improve those numbers by revamping hospitals and introducing a system where you opt out of donating organs, rather than opting in.
As Germany's donation levels plummet, Health Minister Jens Spahn wants organ donation to occur automatically if a person fails to explicitly decide against it. This plan faces opposition from Germany's Ethics Council.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn's suggestion that Germany needs an opt-out organ donor system to boost numbers, has drawn both applause and criticism. For Tamsin Walker, it's been an overdue wake-up call.
Although more Germans are willing to donate organs when they die, fewer organs are being transplanted. According to a new report, the problem lies with to some extent with hospitals.
© 2018 Deutsche Welle |
Legal notice |
| Mobile version