Following Ontario's New Democrat MPP Peter Kormos' introduction of a private member's bill last week calling for presumed consent for organ donations unless the potential donor has "opted out" by previously signing a document to that effect, Conservative Frank Klees proposed a bill February 22nd that would deny driver's licenses and health cards to people 16 and older unless they signed a donor card indicating yes or no to organ donation.
So the debate on organ and tissue donation continues. My position has not changed. I believe we should give Ontario's new system, implemented by Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) this past January, a chance to show that it will dramatically increase the rate of donation in our province from the present almost 13 per million population to hopefully near the rate of 33.1 per million enjoyed by the Philadelphia area. Ontario's new program is very similar to the successful Philadelphia system.
Ontario's new system is called Routine Notification and Request (RNR) and is designed to maximize organ and tissue donation. It is a provision of the TGLN Act passed in 2000, with the implementation of the RNR program this year.
Under RNR guidelines, designated facilities report to TGLN when a patient has died or death is expected by reason of disease or illness. Once eligibility has been determined, the hospital then approaches the patient or the patients' family to discuss donation options.
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