Thursday, February 11, 2010

Increasing Number of Organ Donors in India

This is done by market research people all the time, but I wonder if something good can come out of it. This can actually help increase the number of organ donors in India.
Read this ...

Are you in favour of organ donation? Have you consented to be an organ donor? If you are like most people, you answered yes to the first question. But the response to the second question depends a great deal on which country you live in. For instance, take neighboring
countries Germany and Austria. Only 12 percent of Germans have explicitly consented to donate their organs, while virtually 100 percent of Austrians have offered presumed consent. The difference? In Germany, you must opt in to become a donor. In Austria, you must opt out to avoid being a donor. The consent gap has less to do with attitudes about donation than it does with default options. The difference translates into saved lives.

I am an eye donor, but I had to opt in. We need the "opt-out"policy in India. Believe me, India needs a quantum jump in the number of organ donors.

If some day some government official or some Government of India minister happens to see this post and decides to implement this policy, the person to thank would be Michael E. Mauboussin, the author of Think Twice, from where I picked up the above extract.

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