|Understanding the basics behind organ, tissue donations
Why it is necessary to understand the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act first.
May 17, 2012
Individuals are increasingly considering making anatomical gifts for the purposes of transplantation or medical research. The Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (the terms of which, when enacted, vary from state to state) standardizes the rules concerning organ and tissue donation.
In most states a donor, or his or her health care agent, may make an anatomical gift in several ways, including:
An anatomical gift can be changed or revoked. The gift can be made to the following persons or organizations:
Laws regarding such donations vary from state to state and should be reviewed prior to making an anatomical gift. If clients wish to make an anatomical gift, they should make the gift in a will. Since, in many states, clients’ health care agents have the power to make an anatomical gift on their behalf during their lifetime, clients should consider updating the health care proxy either to prohibit the agent from exercising the power, or to outline limitations on the agent’s ability to exercise this power.
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