Policies Aimed at Boosting Organ Donations Ineffective
Policies enacted by states in recent decades to encourage organ donation largely have been ineffective, according to a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. From 1988 to 2010, the number of organ donations increased from 5,909 to 14,504, and the number of transplants increased, as well. The authors found that creating a revenue pool was linked to about a 5% increase in transplants, largely because of more donations from deceased donors. However, no other policies were connected to an increase in organ donations, the study found.
- "U.S. Policies To Encourage Organ Donations Largely Ineffective" (Seaman, Reuters, 6/2).