Germany is poised to change law on organ donation to allow automatic “opting in”

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 01 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4763
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

    The German government has announced plans to change the transplantation law to increase the number of organ donors, after the former Social Democrat foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier donated a kidney to his wife, prompting renewed public focus on the shortage of donated organs.

    Only 4050 transplantations were carried out in 2009 in Germany, and around 12 000 patients are awaiting an organ.

    Various measures have been proposed to boost the number of organ donors, from improving recruitment of donors in hospitals to radical changes to the current legislation to an …

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