Organ donation: majority for decision-making

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Organ donation: majority of Germans for decision-making

In a survey by the opinion and research institute "Forsa", 41 percent of Germans spoke in favor of the so-called decision-making solution for organ donation. This variant provides that every person is asked about their personal donation behavior during their lifetime. This is reported by the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) and relies on a Forsa survey study.

Majority is in favor of changes to the transplant lawe.g.
A majority of respondents are in favor of amending the transplant law. About two-thirds were in favor of reforming the current legal situation. This is shown in a survey published by the Forsa Institute in Hamburg on Tuesday. The study was commissioned by the Techniker Krankenkasse.

41 percent for decision-making
41 percent are in favor of the decision made by the SPD leader Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Steinmeier, who himself donated a kidney to his wife, suggests asking every citizen about his willingness to donate. The result is then noted either in the identity card, passport, driving license or health insurance card. In the event of an organ donation, relatives and doctors know whether the person concerned has consented to the decision-making solution.

Opposition solution during lifetime
In contrast, 23 percent of the survey participants are in favor of introducing a so-called contradiction variant. This means that every person is a potential organ donor without being asked, unless he explicitly contradicts this independently during his lifetime.
The express consent currently applies. Only those who obtain an organ donation card and who are expressly in favor of becoming a donor in the event of an accident will only have a life-saving organ removed from them. Only one in three Germans supported the currently applicable solution.

A clear minority has an organ donation card
About 18 percent of Germans have a donor card. 86 percent said they could imagine imagining an organ donor card. Both results reflect a clear ambivalence. However, both values ​​have increased significantly in the past three years. "Nevertheless, the topic must move more into people's everyday lives," said CEO Norbert Klusen. "Even if both values ​​have increased in the past three years, we have to move the topic more into people's everyday lives," warned the head of the TK health insurance, Norbert Klusen. "However, it is important not to confront people with this difficult topic unprepared, but to provide them with enough information so that they can form an opinion."

According to the German Organ Transplantation Foundation (DSO), around 1,300 people were harvested in 2010 after their death. This means that the number of transplants in Germany has reached its previous record. The experts anticipate that the quota will continue to increase. However, the need for information is particularly great among middle-aged people (26 to 35 years). During the survey, this age group stated that they did not yet have an organ donation ID due to insufficient information. People of the older age group from 65 years were also informed below average. One in five said they had too little information. (sb)

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