In the U.S, organ donation is an option that people must select to participate in when they are getting a license or ID.
The default setting is that everyone is "opted out" of the organ donation program and must actively choose to have their organs donated after their death.
Instead of allowing people to "opt in" to organ donation, I believe the U.S. should make organ donation the default because it will result in more people donating their organs.
From a psychological standpoint, humans tend to gravitate towards decisions that have already been made for them. It is easier to go along with a premade decision than it is to change it.
By requiring people to sign up for organ donation, the U.S. makes it unnecessarily difficult (albeit not that much) to be an organ donor.
In addition, the "opt out" policy has proven to get more people being organ donators than the "opt in" system. Stanford discussed this [here](https://sparq.stanford.
edu/solutions/opt-out-policies-increase-organ-donation), where they looked at Austria, a country that by default has everyone signed up as an organ donor.
This results in around 90% of people donating their organs, compared with the ~15% donation rate in the U.S.
There is a huge demand for organs in the U.S. to help save the lives of thousands of people. Many of these people are put on waiting lists but die before an organ is made available for them.
The U.S. could potentially change this, or at least alleviate it, by adopting an "opt out" policy for organ donation.
/u/cosmicr pointed out that the country referenced in the Stanford article was Austria, not Australia.
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