Extra Effort to Sign Up Means Fewer Organ Donors

march 30, 2004  06:15 pm
Organs for transplant are in short supply in British Columbia, in part because the Canadian province has a good road safety record and far fewer deaths from gunshot wounds than the U.S. Writing for The Georgia Straight, Gail Johnson compares various countries' approaches to identifying transplant donors—some assume consent unless the person opted out earlier. British Columbia's registry program requires potential donors to take more initiative they did under a driver's license decal program, and not even 15 percent of residents have signed up.