When a person dies, transplanting his or her healthy organs could help someone else survive. Often it’s the family of the dead person who has to make the difficult choice about whether or not to allow the organ donation.
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.
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.
The number of people willing to donate organs in Germany has hit an all-time low. Patients in the country are increasingly dependent on a European cross-border organ exchange program.
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