DAK information on organ donation
In Germany, around 12,000 people are waiting for a suitable donor organ. In order to shorten the waiting times, which often take years, more donors are needed. DAK-Gesundheit is therefore launching an information campaign.
Duty to provide information for health insurers The statutory health insurance company DAK-Gesundheit has launched a campaign on organ donation. In the coming weeks, 30,000 customers will be informed about the topic in discussions, by letter, on the Internet and in the customer magazine. Health insurers have been obliged to provide information on organ donation since last year. Much more donors are needed for the approximately 12,000 people who are waiting for a donor organ in Germany, sometimes for several years.
Organ donation saves lives Hans-Werner Harmuth from DAK-Gesundheit in Ahrensburg said: "Organ donation saves lives" and "We hope that our customers will take the time to deal with this important topic." The likelihood of once needing a donor organ is greater than becoming an organ donor yourself. Detailed background information should help customers to consciously decide for or against an organ donation card.
Willingness to donate organs declined due to scandal A transplant surgeon will soon have to answer in court in the Göttingen organ donation scandal. He is accused of attempted homicide in eleven cases, as well as assault and death in three other patients. In eleven cases, the Göttingen doctor is said to have deliberately lied when reporting patient data to the central donor agency, Eurotransplant, in order to ensure that his patients move up the waiting list for donor organs. After the organ donation scandal became public, the willingness to donate organs decreased rapidly in Germany. For example, by almost 50 percent last October. The situation is precarious for the patients who are currently waiting. Because three people die every day while waiting for a donor organ.
Free information telephone DAK-Gesundheit also includes an organ donation card from the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) in the letter that the insured should receive. In addition, the German Organ Transplantation Foundation (DSO), in cooperation with the BZgA, offers a free information telephone. Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. experts can answer very personal questions on the subject of organ donation and organ donation card by calling 0800 90 40 400. (ad)
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