On March 7, 2012 I introduced my first Private Members Resolution of the first session of the 40th Parliament.
The Resolution recommends that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care establish an advisory committee, as soon as possible, to investigate options for encouraging and improving organ and tissue donation in Ontario. The proposed committee would also be responsible for investigating ways of increasing the quality of care for those who are waiting for an organ or tissue donation.
In Ontario there are approximately 1500 people waiting for an organ transplant and for every 1 donor, up to 8 lives can be saved. In a province, with a population over 13 million, only 2.4 million people have registered to become an Organ and Tissue Donor.
The costs incurred to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in relation to transplant surgeries are marginal when compared to the costs associated with on-going treatments for those with end-stage organ failure. For example, each kidney transplant surgery costs hospitals approximately $25,000, dialysis costs approximately $70,000 annually per patient. (Attorney General’s Report, 2010)
The Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) has been working hard to fulfill their mission of “saving and enhancing more lives through the gift of organ and tissue donation.” Charged with such a large task, TGLN has done a good job in increasing the number of donors in Ontario and laying the foundation for a successful program. However, given the number of stakeholders involved this is a very complex task.
The creation of an advisory committee, made up of various stakeholders would enable the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to enhance the Organ and Tissue Donation registry and ensure that patients waiting for a transplant would be provided with world class health care all the while being well educated on the process that they are involved in.
If you have not yet signed up to be an Organ and Tissue Donor in Ontario or if you have any questions when considering this decision please visit my website, www.helenajaczek.ca and click on Be a Donor.
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