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Spanish transplant model would save 20 000 lives a year in EU

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1758 (Published 29 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1758
  1. Aser García Rada
  1. 1Madrid

    A possible new European directive on transplantations that is based on the Spanish system could save 20 000 lives in the European Union each year, Spain’s minister for health and social policy has said.

    Trinidad Jiménez was speaking on 23 March at a conference in Madrid on organ donation and transplantation that aimed to promote collaboration among EU countries to reduce differences in transplantation rates.

    Spain has been the world leader in organ donation since the early 1990s, with 34.4 donations per million inhabitants, double the European average of 18.1 per million. However, while other countries also have high rates, such as Portugal (31) and France (23.2), rates are …

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