Delegates to the British Medical Association's annual conference will debate a system of presumed consent for organ donation.
But would you opt out of donating your organs?
The opt-out or presumed consent system of organ donation has been considered by many countries as a way to deal with the acute shortage of donor organs for transplantation. The Guardian Newspaper has run a feature on this and for an excellent discussion of what the public thinks about this go to the readers' feedback section.
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United States, organdonor.gov (Select your state - top right)
United Kingdom, register at NHS Organ Donor Register
Australia, register at Australian Organ Donor Register
Your generosity can save or enhance the lives of up to fifty people with heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, pancreas and small intestine transplants (see allotransplantation). One tissue donor can help by donating skin, corneas, bone, tendon, ligaments and heart valves
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