Diametros 44:56-77 (2015)

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In the article I argue for replacing the opt-out system of organ donation, currently applied in Poland, with the Active Donor Registration system. The basic idea of the ADR system is to send a special form to all adult citizens, which would give them an opportunity to consent or dissent to the removal of organs, or to delegate their decision to their next of kin. Granting priority to declared donors – an additional assumption of ADR – would make it possible for them to acquire better access to transplantation if they ever contract a disease whose effective treatment will require transplantation. I highlight the basic assumptions of both systems and describe the functioning of the Polish opt-out regulations. I also analyze the statistical data illustrating the scale of organ shortage in Poland, and I present and criticize the basic ethical principles of evaluating organ procurement systems and compare the Polish system with the ADR system from the perspective of those principles
Keywords Active Donor Registration system  organ shortage  opt-out  Govert den Hartogh  presumed consent  System Aktywnej Rejestracji Dawców, regulacja sprzeciwu, zgoda domniemana, niedobór narządów, Govert den Hartogh
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DOI 10.13153/diam.44.2015.673
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