There are not enough organ donors in Germany. Health Minister Jens Spahn would like to see the adoption of an opt-out organ donation system to increase the number of organs available for transplants.
Germany's parliament has rejected a Health Ministry proposal for a new organ donation system. With low donor numbers, the health minister wanted a presumed-consent system, with the onus on people to refuse 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.
The Bundestag is set to address the issue of organ donation. Germany uses a controversial card system that requires donors "opt in," but the country's health minister says a change could be in the works.
The draft law would automatically make everyone a registered organ donor but give them the option to opt out. Supporters say the reform will help boost donations, but critics argue the system should remain voluntary.
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