Essay about The Poor Rate Of Organ Donation

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In the last century, the average life expectancy in almost every country has increased dramatically due to the development of medical treatment, including organ transplantation. This medical method can potentially save and improve many patients’ lives, but unfortunately, there still are some difficulties in fulfilling its potential. This essay will illustrate the causes of the poor rates of organ donation and the possible solutions in three particular areas which are the health care system and laws, the lack of knowledge of medical staff, and the low level of public awareness.

Although in the past decade, many countries have attempted to change and remove some of the legal, medical, and social barriers to organ donation, however, the substantial gap between organ demand and supply still exist (Mercer, 2013, p.35). NHS Blood and Transplant’s research (as cited in Mercer, 2013, p.35) shows that there were over 7,000 people waiting for organ transplantation in the UK in 2012, while a total of 2,912 transplants could be provided. In the opt-in consent system, an individual must give explicit permission to be an organ donor by registering with the government. This is where the issue lies because people have to notice that this organ donation service exists and they are able to donate their organs. Moreover, Abouna (2008, p.34) claims that the donation policy strictly limits the donor’s qualification, which causes many organs to have been discarded. Abouna’s (2008, p. 34)…

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