Letter: Government should have an opt out organ donation system instead of an op in system
Nick Ut, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Organ donation is continuing to be a topic of interest over the years as the waiting list for those needing an organ has grown at an alarming rate. The benefits of donating outweigh the costs by far. Whether or not one should donate is not necessarily the question, but rather, should it be mandated by the government?
According to the latest data, there are over 116,000 people in the U.S. on the organ waiting list. A new name is added to the waiting list every 13 minutes and 18 people die every day while just waiting.
If the government mandated an opt out system instead of an opt in system, the result would be phenomenal. Since a single person can potentially save up to 8 lives, there would virtually be no waiting list and it wouldn't be necessary for Americans to go to other countries "shopping" for an organ that may or may not be the most suitable for their needs.
If you had the chance to save a life, would you?
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