Presumed organ donor consent bombs in Britain
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Aug. 2, 2004
Members of the British Parliament rejected a proposal to implement a system of "presumed consent" organ donation by a vote of 307-60.
Presumed consent is being studied by the AMA. It involves a system in which it's assumed everyone is a willing organ donor unless they have previously registered their desire to opt out of the system.
According to the Texas-based Presumed Consent Foundation, the following countries all use some form of presumed consent: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/08/02/prbf0802.htm.