Organ Donation: Union Govt proposes monetary help to donor families

There are lakhs of patients who are waiting for an organ transplant in India. Day by Day the waiting list is increasing. In India, only 0.58 people in one million donate organs. To spread awareness and encourage people for organ donation the union government proposes to provide financial assistance to the donor families

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  • Soon, the organ donor families in India will get monetary help from the Union government. 
  • The Union government has proposed Rs five lakh for the donor family and Rs 50,000 for the hospital where the organ donation will take place. 
  • The said proposal is still under consideration with the Union government. 
  • The Health Ministry has sent the proposal to the all the state governments for their opinion.   

To give a boost to the #OrganDonation activity in India the Central government has come up with a proposal to provide financial aid to the donor families.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Sanjeev Kamble, Director of Health Services, Maharashtra, said, “The Union and the state government is taking the efforts to boost organ donation in India. But, still, much awareness needs to be spread about it. The Union government proposes to provide financial aid to the families of the donor. The government has proposed Rs five lakh for the donor family and Rs 50,000 for the hospital where the transplant would take place.”

He further added, “The central government has sent the proposal to the state governments for their suggestions and opinions. The Maharashtra state government has set up a committee to discuss the proposal. It will surely give the boost to the organ donation campaign in India.”

Dr Gauri Rathod, state organ transplant coordinator, while speaking to My Medical Mantra, said, “Financial aid to the donor families will give a boost to the organ donation campaign. It will help create more awareness, and in turn, more and more families will come forward to donate the organs.”

While the NGO’s, working to spread awareness about organ donation in India, have welcomed the step, they also have raised one question. Shrikant Apte, a founder of the Rajhans Pratisthan, said, “We welcome the move, and it will boost the campaign. But the main question is, how the government will keep the process transparent? While implementing it, the government must specify on this first.”

“Many times, it has come to our notice, that after the organ donation, the hospital does not hand over the body of their loved one to the family due to non-settlement of the bill. In this case, the government should forgo the hospital bill as well,” said Shrikant Apte.

Komal Pawar, a Satara resident, who underwent a heart and lung transplant surgery, said, “This is indeed a good decision taken by the government. The organ donor families should get their due recognition. This move will help spread awareness amongst the masses.”