The Truth About Organ Donation

Over 100,000 people in the US today are waiting for organ donations. Donating an organ after death is a worthwhile cause that gives someone else a new opportunity in life. But for those constantly fighting to survive, the wait can take years. The Mayo clinic and Health Net offer answers about myths that may deter many when it comes to organ donation.

According to a release, many Americans believe the process of choosing who gets an organ is swayed by financial incentives or celebrity status.  In truth, healthcare providers are prohibited by law from selling organs for profit, or putting wealthy individuals at the top of their list to receive an organ. Celebrities are also denied privilege in this regard.

Others think they will be denied life-saving treatments if a medical practitioner notices they are a donor. This, again, is not the case. Doctors concentrate on saving you and only you.

“There are strict rules for separation between the doctors taking care of a patient and the transplant team doctors,” said Jonathan Scheff, chief medical officer for Health Net, Inc. “In fact, it’s required by law that a declaration of death has to be made by doctors who are in no way connected to the transplant team.”

Many also believe that organ donation is against one’s religion. Most religions support donation but if you have a concern, talk to a member of your faith for more information.

According to Mayo Clinic, organ donation does not interfere with an open casket funeral. They also advise that age is not usually a factor but being a matched is based strictly on medical conditions. Being in poor health – even being diagnosed with cancer – doesn’t always mean you’re ineligible to donate.

Statistics from the United Network for Organ Sharing show that one donor may be able to help save 50 people; don’t let the myths deter you from finding out more about organ donation.

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