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Germany pushes for more organ donation

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d660 (Published 01 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d660
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

All German citizens who apply for identity cards, driving licences, and health insurance cards will have to declare their wishes concerning organ donation under a new law being prepared by the German parliament.

It is hoped that the new law will boost the number of donated organs in Germany, which lags behind other European countries, such as Spain and Austria. Figures from the Council of Europe for 2009 show that the number of deceased donors …

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