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[Australia] Opt-out organ donation
Dhalphirdon't you open that trapdooryou're a fool if you dareRegistered Userregular
been reading in the paper over the past couple weeks about the proposal put forth by the WA government for a switch in the way our organ donation system works.
Currently, the system we have is an "opt-in" system. If you wish to become an organ donor, you register with Medicare, and then in the event of your death, your organs are made available.
What the government is proposing is changing to an "opt-out" system, where everyone is automatically considered to be a donor unless they opt out.
The reasoning behind this is that there are probably a lot of people who, although they would be perfectly happy to donate their organs, just never get around to registering as a donor.
Personally, I think this is a really good idea. I'm registered as a donor, and I know a couple of my friends who expressed idle interest in becoming a donor when I mentioned I was considering it, but they probably never registered.