Monday, June 17, 2024

The organ donor debate


Today, you need to sign up to become an organ donor. The majority of the population in Denmark (64%) wants to change this model so that everyone becomes an organ donor automatically unless they opt out. 27% of the population over 15 years old in Denmark has signed up to be an organ donor. 

  • Last summer, a citizen proposal that wanted to change the model was rejected in the Danish Parliament. However, after seeing that 460 people are waiting urgently for a new organ, the Minister of Health decided to re-open negotiations on the organ donor model. 
  • Radikale Venstre supports the new model. Enhedslisten wants a model where every person over 15 is asked if they want to sign up as organ donors. Conservatives and the Ethics Council support the current model where you need to sign up. DF prefers that people are asked more often if they want to sign up instead of the automatic model. 
  • Socialdemokratiet has not decided yet which model they would support, but they consider a model where it is a condition to sign up if you want a driving license for example. Moderaterne have also not decided yet. Venstre supports the automatic model with a condition – that relatives have the last word. 
  • You can donate organs if your brain dies first (brain death) or if the heart stops beating (circulatory death). 
Narcis George Matache
Narcis George Matache
Executive Editor and Founder of "Last Week in Denmark".

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