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Ontario to compensate living organ donors for expenses

4 Aug

So-called living organ donors would be compensated up to $5,500 for their expenses under a new plan to be announced Friday by the Ontario government, the Canadian Press has learned.

Premier Dalton McGuinty is scheduled to meet Friday afternoon in Toronto with people who have donated their organs and others whose lives were saved by a donation.

He will announce a plan to eliminate some of the financial barriers associated with living organ donations, including lost income, travel costs and other expenses that arise.

The compensation was recommended in a report released in April, which called on Ontario to follow British Columbia’s lead and encourage more people to become living donors.

There are more than 1,700 people in Ontario waiting for an organ donation, most needing a kidney transplant.

The McGuinty government also promises to increase public awareness about the need for organ donors and to launch a database to help match potential donors with those in need.

According to the Trillium Gift of Life Network, 172 living donors gave an organ last year. So far this year, 152 living donors have volunteered an organ.

© The Canadian Press, 2007

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