Opt-in or Opt-out?

The graph below shows the percentage of people in a country who are organ donors. Can you guess which countries operate opt-in policies for organ donation and which operate opt-out policies?

In case it wasn’t obvious enough already, the graph below colours countries with an opt-in policy red and countries with an opt-out policy green.

The problem is that people are lazy; they’ll take the easiest option. If you force people to make an effort to become organ donors, most simply won’t bother.

In my opinion the UK’s system needs to be changed to one of presumed consent; a system in which it is assumed that everyone wishes to be an organ donor. This would greatly increase the number of organ donors and reduce the number of people who needlessly die because they never receive the transplant organ they need.

Source: Johnson, Eric J. and Daniel Goldstein. 2003. “Do Defaults Save Lives?” Science 302: 1338-1339. doi: dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1091721

3 thoughts on “Opt-in or Opt-out?

  1. Good idea are countries systems for organ donation are terrible really need the person who wrote this to go to govament and sort it out!!!!:)

  2. I agree I think that it should be opt out because people don’t bother but I did I am on the register and people should be made to donate unless they say not to I even wrote to the mayor obout it SORT IT OUT CHANGE THE SYSTEM TO OPT OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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