Govt Wants More Organs

By AR - Australian's are being stingy with their organs, apparently. Despite approximately 1 in 4 Australians registering as organ donors, only 198 people donated their organs last year.

But it stands to reason that Australia would be faced with an organ supply problem. The best organs come from healthy and relatively young people who die in hospital where surgeons can immediately harvest their organs upon death. The main source of healthy young people dying in this way would come from the road toll. Safe modern vehicles and effective drink-driving and speeding campaigns in recent years have reduced the road toll dramatically.

As Australia's population ages and our life-expectancy increases there will be even fewer suitable donors. Perhaps it is a good sign that there are not enough organs donated?

So... should we be worried by Kevin07's drive to increase donations?

"Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon says the committee will seek to increase the number of donations made each year."

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