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Undertakers offer cash incentive for organ donation

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 31 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1131
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    One of the largest firms of undertakers in the Netherlands is offering a reduction in the cost of funerals to the relatives of dead people who have had an organ removed for donation. The initiative follows a call from the Dutch Kidney Foundation for new ideas to boost donation.

    The foundation recently commissioned a study by the Dutch Institute for Health Services Research (Nivel), which found attitudes to donation changing, with more people against it (

    Since 1998 the Netherlands has had a voluntary national register on which people can record their wish for or against donation. …

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