Since January 1st 2017, by default, we are all organ donors

The Touraine Law, voted last year into force and we are all default donors. If you wish to object, you must report it. In summary, from now on, you no longer have to report that you want to donate your organs. However, if you do not wish to be a donor, you must report it. No longer need the consent of the family either. Anyone who dies will be a potential donor.

Know nevertheless that this principle of presumed consent is already inscribed in the legislation since the Caillavet law of 1976. In theory, since this date, any deceased person is considered a donor, unless he has been registered in the national register of refusals of his living. But in practice, it was not done. But despite this text yet very clear, in practice, doctors always start by asking relatives what they want. And then how to do when relatives refuse?

When asked the question 32% of the families concerned decide not to donate.

It is now believed that people will be better informed about this measure. Hence the interest of talking about this with your loved ones.

From now on, the medical profession will no longer be obliged to ask for the opinion of the family, so the person who has not registered in the national register of refusals during his lifetime will see his transplanted organs, intended for other people who have need.

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The decision taken will be instantaneous and will save a lot of time because of these cases it is very valuable. By setting up such a measure, the government hopes to increase the number of donors, and thus the possibility of saving more lives for whom the waiting for transplant available is unbearable.

But all is not so simple, the Order of Doctors is not completely convinced of the benefits of this reform. The professional, administrative and jurisdictional body of defense and regulation of the medical profession believes that this new law excludes the family and reduces the process of dialogue between the two parties (family and doctors, ed).

The Federation of Associations for the Donation of Organs and Human Tissues (France ADOT) also raises doubts and it fears “a mistrust of families and the questioning of the desire to be a donor among a number of our fellow citizens.

Between the Order of Doctors and the government of François Hollande, two diametrically opposed theories are facing each other. It will therefore take several months or even years to find out which is closest to the truth of the field.

In France, in 2015, 5,746 transplants were performed. A figure that is a “good” year.

The big problem is that in France there are currently more than 20,000 patients waiting to receive a transplant. A huge imbalance between supply and demand that has dramatic consequences.

In the same year 2015, 533 people died because they did not receive an organ in time. Evidence that in 15 years, the number of donors has almost doubled, and that it will take a lot of time and solidarity to be able to treat everyone.

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