another ethical subject - organ donation and the government - page 4

This week's class discussion that's stuck with me has to do with organ donation. In Italy, there is a silence/consent rule. Unless you specifically sign that you DON'T want to be a donor, the... Read More

  1. by   TMnurse
    Here's a thought... and it is nothing against you. As a student, I am guessing that your exposure to persons losing the battle and needing an organ might be limited (at least for a little longer). More over, you might have more limited exposure to the amount of people who have donor cards or really understand anything about it (and more importantly their families who even after the dead donor checked they want to donate the family can an often say NO!). Once you have more exposure to donation and need I think you might be less likely to believe in the Feds harvesting organ on people who don't pay taxes and more in the fact that everyday people die needlessly. Good Luck in school.
  2. by   TMnurse
    I have read several threads here. The funny thing is the "Goverment" doesn't currenly play a big role in organ donation. It is usually private charities that work to make sure that if someone wants to donate THEIR organs they don't go wasted. I work at a major teaching university where we do all types of transfers and our organ program delegate is neither employed by the goverment or the hospital. She is part of an organization funded by people who know the need and waste of organ donation. Oj a side note, it took several years for lobbyist to get a organ donor check thing on your drivers licenses. MOST IMPORTANTLY if you know anything about that it really holds no meaning. It is only something that can be shown to the family as proof that the deceased wants to donate. In fact, many many many families still say "NO" to the donation. Actaully, if you need a organ the goverement would probably be happier if you died. A reciepent will cost health care subsidizing and eventually plenty of Medicare dollars.
  3. by   psychomachia
    Quote from TMnurse
    In fact, many many many families still say "NO" to the donation.
    Which is something that will probably occur even with an "opt-out" system. Physicians' fear of lawyers and litigation from the family will overule the patient's wishes almost every time.
  4. by   Energizer Bunny
    Quote from Nurse Ratched
    Hubby already knows - organ donation, science experiments, medical school cadaver, fertilizer, whatever; I am an avid recycler in life; it would be way cool to think I could do it one last time.
    Yep...me too...get rid of it all for the greater good of whoever!!!
  5. by   mattsmom81
    The government HAS a strong interest in it or there wouldn't be a federal law dealing with organ donation, as I see it.Government agencies (Medicare)are involved (my risk manager tells me) in monitoring facility compliance issues for organ donations through Lifegift, etc. It makes me wonder where this may eventually be going. But I'm one of those silly people who like to keep government OUT of my life and my decisions as much as possible.

    Nothing irritates me more than a healthcare worker with an agenda to push. Our role is to assist people in making the best decision for THEM and their loved ones. And their decision may be to donate organs or tissues, or NOT. It isn't our call.
    Last edit by mattsmom81 on Apr 15, '04
  6. by   Energizer Bunny
    Quote from mattsmom81
    The government HAS a strong interest in it or there wouldn't be a federal law dealing with organ donation, as I see it.Government agencies (Medicare)are involved (my risk manager tells me) in monitoring facility compliance issues for organ donations through Lifegift, etc. It makes me wonder where this may eventually be going. But I'm one of those silly people who like to keep government OUT of my life and my decisions as much as possible.

    Nothing irritates me more than a healthcare worker with an agenda to push. Our role is to assist people in making the best decision for THEM and their loved ones. And their decision may be to donate organs or tissues, or NOT. It isn't our call.
    I don't think anyone is talking about pushing, or I could be wrong, but I think we are talking mostly about educating people before organ donation ever becomes an issue. Right? or not?

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