As former staffers who served Presidents Obama and Trump working on organ donation policy, we feel the need to correct the record about recent misinformation related to critical reforms of organ procurement organizations (OPOs).
When it comes to public policy, we often disagree. However, we absolutely agree on the urgent need for OPO reform, especially given the added risks from COVID-19 to patients with organ failure.
Here are the facts: 33 Americans die every day for lack of a lifesaving organ transplant. The key to helping more of the 110,000+ patients on the organ waiting list is ensuring that government contractors on the frontline of organ donation (OPOs) are honoring potential donor wishes. Research suggests that 28,000 organs go unrecovered each year.