In Quebec organ donation revisions planned

In Quebec organ donation revisions plannedCreation of an easy-to-use consent registry for potential donors which is included in Quebec's new organ donor law is being applauded by organ donation advocates.

In an attempt to overhaul how organ donations are handled in the province, Quebec Health Minister Yves Bolduc tabled new legislation on Thursday to and this legislation is for both living and post-mortem donors.

Currently, Quebecers sign the back of their health insurance cards to indicate their willingness to donate an organ or tissue after they die. However, provincial health officials found that few hospitals would check the cards.

Quebecers to sign consent form when they renew their health insurance card every four years will be allowed by the new system only after it becomes law.

Hospitals will be instructed to check when someone dies or is close to death after the information is added to a computerized registry.

The province's two agencies that handle transplants immediately will be needed to be informed if someone is found to be a registered donor.

There will be an increase in the number of donors and present in a province and transplants will require less waiting time.

Those who are waiting for organ transplants in Quebec currently are more than 1,200 people. Representing more than 75 per cent of the wait list, the biggest demand is for kidneys.