In addition to signing donor cards, the insurance policy and its enforceable contract will succeed in:
The estimated cost of insurance benefits to the public (vis-a-vis the United States government) as of April, 1998, would be approximately $158 million (amortized over time) to transplant those people currently waiting for organs other than kidneys and $96 million annually for those added to the list each year.
- eliminating painful decisions by the grieving family of a deceased because the deceased will have clearly indicated his or her desire to donate and the formal recording of legal documents will empower Section 2.(h) of the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act.
- eliminating painful donor requests by doctors and administrators of the deceased's family.
- eliminating hospital concerns over lawsuits by establishing a contractual basis for the expeditious acquisition of organs.
- establishing a national donor registry for use in carrying out donors' wishes
The estimated savings in health care costs for these same transplant patients as a result of promptly transplanting them is over $2 billion annually.
For kidney transplants which comprise the majority of transplant patients, the net discounted savings per patient is $42,000 over a 10-year time frame, or better.
The above figures change as additions to the transplant list are made. Nevertheless, Project Donor provides a huge projected net financial savings to society.
The savings must be utilized to save lives through transplantation. There must be no windfall financial gain to anyone.
Legislation must be enacted to implement Project Donor, including possible amendments to the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act and the National Organ Transplant Act.
Alan W. Boessmann, D.V.M.
Liver Transplant Recipient