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English Poster 2017

LET YOUR FAMILY KNOW
ABOUT YOUR DECISION

Most people support organ donation but their family members may not know of their decision. If you support organ donation, start a conversation with your family members today.

Teams of senior clinicians, medical social workers, nurses and transplant coordinators will be there to support the family and to inform them about the organ donation process and clarify any issues.

For more details about organ donation process in Singapore, you can contact the National Organ Transplant Unit at 6321 4390 or organ.transplant@notu.com.sg.

The goal of medicine is to do no harm. Should a patient require critical care, the medical team will do their utmost best to save his life, whether or not he is a potential organ donor. Organ donation will only be considered after every effort to save his life has been exhausted and death has been declared.

Before any organs are recovered, the deceased must be certified dead. There are internationally accepted clinical criteria and tests for certification of death, including brain death. Should the two doctors have differing opinions, death will not be certified. The doctor who is involved in the treatment of the patient does not belong to the team of medical practitioners who will remove the organ from the body.

Living Organ Donation

HOTA will allow for payments to altruistic living donors, only for reimbursing or defraying the costs or expenses or loss of earnings that may be reasonably incurred as a result of organ donation. This will include costs for health checks, laboratory tests, donation operations, follow-up visits and limited indirect costs such as loss of earnings by self-employed or daily-wage workers.

It is important for a donor to fully understand the medical and financial implications of donation. Once this is done, the donor may choose to seek reimbursement for expenses incurred in relation to donation. However, this will not be compulsory. Donors can waive the right to receive reimbursement or payment from the recipient.

Deceased Organ Donation

The donor’s family will not be charged for any deceased organ donation-related procedure and test.

The organ recovery is conducted with the same care as any other operation. The donor’s body will always be cared for with the utmost respect and dignity. Any incisions made during the recovery of organs are carefully repaired after the procedure. In the case of cornea donation, an artificial lens will be inserted after the cornea is recovered. The eyeball is never removed and is left intact.

When a donor organ becomes available, it will be matched to the blood group, weight and urgency of the common pool of patients on the respective organ transplant waiting lists.

Therefore, it is neither possible to specify the recipients of organs recovered under HOTA, nor specifically exclude certain people from receiving organs. The best matched patient will receive the organ.

The selling or buying of organs is strictly prohibited under HOTA. Any person who is involved in the buying and selling of organs shall be liable on conviction to a maximum fine of $100,000 or a maximum imprisonment term of 10 years or both.

For more information on organ donation, please visit here.

English Poster 2017

More questions?

All major religions in Singapore approve of organ and tissue donation. It is considered a gift and an act of charity.


If you have more questions, check our FAQ page or contact the National Organ Transplant Unit at 6321 4390 / organ.transplant@notu.com.sg.