Over 100,000 people in the United States are currently waiting for organ donations. Giving someone else a new chance at life by donating an organ after death is a truly worthwhile cause. However, for those who are constantly fighting for survival, the wait can last years. The Mayo Clinic and Health Net provide answers to myths that may prevent many people from donating organs.
According to a press release, many Americans believe that financial incentives or celebrity status influence who gets an organ transplant. In fact, healthcare providers are prohibited by law from profitably selling organs or prioritizing wealthy individuals for organ donation. Celebrities are also denied this privilege.
Others may believe that if a medical practitioner discovers they are a donor, they will be denied life-saving treatment. Again, this is not the case. Doctors are only concerned with saving you.
“There are strict rules for separation between the doctors taking care of a patient and the transplant team doctors,” Jonathan Scheff, chief medical officer for Health Net, Inc., says. “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 people believe that donating organs is against their religion. Most religions, however, support charitable giving. If you have any concerns, speak with a member of your faith for more information.
Organ donation, according to the Mayo Clinic, has no bearing on an open-casket funeral. They also advise that age is not usually a factor and that the decision is solely based on medical conditions. Even if you have cancer, being in poor health does not always rule you out.
According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, one donor may be able to save the lives of 50 people. Whether you realize it or not, you can leave a legacy.
Your family will not be charged for organ donation, but they may face difficulties with final expenses and other responsibilities after you die. Purchasing a life insurance policy can assist in securing the financial future of those you leave behind.