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(NC)-No, the donor’s family doesn’t pay, or receive payment, for organ and tissue donation. All costs related to donation are paid by local organ procurement programs or transplant centers through provincial health plans. Hospital expenses incurred before the donation of organs, and funeral expenses, remain the responsibility of the donor’s family.
Organ transplants, especially kidney transplants, provide tremendous health care cost savings over other treatment alternatives. For example, kidney transplants cost approximately $20,000 plus $6,000 per year thereafter (for anti-rejection drugs), or $50,000 over a five-year period. Dialysis treatment costs about $50,000 per year per patient, roughly $250,000 over a five-year period.
Are we told what organs and tissues were used and to whom they were given?
Your local procurement agency sends letters to donor families telling them which organs were used, the age of the recipient(s) and, sometimes, a few basic details about the person(s). Recipients often write letters of thanks to the donor families. Names are kept confidential and are not given to the donor or recipient families.
Do all religions support organ donation?
Most religions throughout the world support organ and tissue donation as a humanitarian act. You should consider discussing such concerns with your own minister, priest, rabbi, religious advisor or hospital chaplain. For more information visit http://www.healthcanada.ca/organandtissue on the Internet.
Isn’t it a bit insulting for hospital staff to ask for organ/tissue donations at such a time of tragedy and loss?
Organ transplants offer life or a better quality of life to other people. It gives the donor family the opportunity to help others during a time of sadness.
For more information on organ and tissue donation and how you can donate, visit http://www.healthcanada.ca/organandtissue on the Internet.