A couple of days ago, I posted a report about the Kidney Transplant Summit in Vancouver on May 1. Below is the news release from the Kidney Foundation, reporting on the Summit. Rather remarkably, the Kidney Foundation is recommending that BC adopt presumed consent legislation in an effort to increase the number of kidney transplants in the province.
This is a big deal. Presumed consent is not currently the policy anywhere in Canada and it would take not only legislation, but, I suspect, a rather significant culture shift as well for this to become reality. Frankly, I would love to see this whole discussion become irrelevant. How? By all of the people who say they are in favour of organ donation going to the appropriate website and consenting to be an organ and tissue donor. As the release states, 95% of British Columbians say they support organ donation, yet only 19% are registered. Similar disparities exist across the country.
Read the news release here, and let me know what you think.