The government is finally warming up to opting out of organ donation

New ID = decision time
Currently, organ donation is opt-in through donor registration via sundhed.dka completed donor card or a stated preference for loved ones.

Opt-out means that healthcare professionals will generally assume that people want to donate their organs, unless they have actively opted out.

Several parties have expressed an interest in making it mandatory for everyone over 18 to make a decision about organ donation when they get a passport, driving license or CPR health card.

In 2022, 84 people in Denmark donated their organs posthumously – a decrease of 21 compared to the previous year and the lowest number since 2014.

Around 338 patients received new organs, mainly kidneys, from Danish or foreign donors. Currently, 460 people are waiting for a new organ – of which 338 need kidneys.

At least 21 patients died last year while waiting for a new organ.

Around 1.3 million Danes over the age of 15 – around 27 percent of the population – are registered as organ donors. Of those, 75 percent have given full donor permission.

A 2022 survey found that 64 percent of people would donate their organs in the event of their death, but many have not ticked the box indicating their approval.

Source: The Nordic Page


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