Exploring the success of good samaritan organ donation in New Zealand

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Nagi, K., Srinivasan, M., Lekamlage, P. B., & Bramstedt, K. A. (2015). Exploring the success of good samaritan organ donation in New Zealand. Progress in Transplantation, 25(2), 160-163.

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The rate of living kidney donation from 2006 to 2012 was roughly the same in Australia and New Zealand, but the rate of Good Samaritan donation was significantly higher in New Zealand (1.49 donors/million) than in Australia (0.23 donors/million). Three possible reasons for New Zealand’s high rate of Good Samaritan donation are explored: (1) since 2005, New Zealand has offered a tax-free financial safety net for living donors; (2) unlike Australia, New Zealand is not carved into jurisdictional segments with multiple policies on Good Samaritan donation, lending to a streamlined approach; (3) New Zealand embraces e-technology to communicate the concept of Good Samaritan donation to the public. Additionally, New Zealand’s recent initiatives to increase the rate of living donation are described.

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