Category: Health Policy

Should Organ Donation Be An Opt-Out?

Most Americans want to donate.  Our attention should be focused on making it easier for them to do so with simple changes that can help overcome individual inertia and save lives.  An opt-in versus opt-out policy might matter less than improving transplant infrastructure and building public trust.  After his transplant, Jobs said, “I wouldn’t be here without such generosity.” David feels the same way. “I was unlucky for awhile…and then I got lucky again,” he said.  Not every American awaiting donation is as fortunate, but a change in policy might help make it so.