Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Organ Donation Increased 7 Percent in 2001. (Recent Health Care Developments)

Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Organ Donation Increased 7 Percent in 2001. (Recent Health Care Developments)

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The number of organ donors across the United States increased almost 7 percent in 2001, fueled primarily by a substantial rise in Hispanic and African-American donors and in "living donation," HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced recently.

"More people are giving the gift of life, helping thousands of Americans live longer and healthier," Secretary Thompson said. "But we need to do more to help those waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Now is the time to make a commitment to become an organ donor and to let your family and loved ones know so they can honor your wishes."

Joined by U.S. Olympic bronze medal winner and liver transplant recipient Chris Klug, Secretary Thompson released the 2001 donation statistics to mark National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week and the first anniversary of HHS' Gift of Life Donation Initiative during April.

To date, more than 1,000 partners have joined the initiative's Workplace Partnership for Life, exceeding the project's 1-year goal. Workplace partners raise awareness among their employees and members about the urgent need for donation. Partners include labor unions, corporations, non-profit organizations, small businesses, and others.

Klug, a snowboarder, won the bronze medal in the Men's Parallel giant Slalom event at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in February--just 18 months after he received a liver transplant. …

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