Who can donate an organ?

Who can donate an organ?

By Karla Sullivan

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

Many Americans believe the process of who gets an organ is swayed by financial incentives or celebrity status, according to a release. In fact, 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 may 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,” 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 also believe that organ donation is against ones religion. Most religions, however, support donation but if you have a concern, talk to a member of you faith for more information.

According to Mayo Clinic, organ donation does not interfere in an open casket funeral. They also advise that age is not usually a factor but being a matched is based strictly on medical conditions. Not being in the best of health doesn’t always count you out even if you have cancer.

Statistics from the United Network for Organ Sharing show that one donor may be able to help save 50 people.  You can become a legacy whether you know it or not.

Your family is not charged for organ donation but may struggle with final expenses and other responsibilities after you are gone. Investing in a life insurance policy can help secure the financial future of those you leave behind.

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