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Health Bulletin

Fair Notice :

An important change in how organ and tissue donation decisions are registered in Ontario.

Now, when you register or renew your health card at a ServiceOntario Office, you will be advised that only a "Yes" to organ and tissue donation is being collected and stored in the OHIP database.

Why is this change happening now?
The need for organ donation is high in Ontario. But only 12.5% of Ontarians have registered "Yes" to donate. The change in registration will help improve organ donation in Ontario.

How will this improve donation rates?
Once "Yes" decisions are recorded they are easily accessible at the time of death. It eases the donation decision for grieving families and provides a clear statement of a loved one's wishes. Many jurisdictions from around the world have implemented this registration change with positive results.

How were organ donor wishes collected before the change?
Previously, when you registered for or renewed your health card, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care collected and stored your donation decision information in its OHIP database, whether the decision was a "Yes" "No" or "Undecided".

What happens with the "No" or "Undecided" registrations, now?
All "No" and "Undecided" responses will not be used or shared with Trillium Gift of Life Network, the province's organ donation agency, past July 1, 2009.

Why is organ donation an important issue?
More than 1,700 Ontarians are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and many others are waiting for a tissue transplant. The need continues to outweigh the availability and there is a chronic shortage of organs and tissue in Ontario.

Registering a "Yes" decision to donate could save a life.

If you would like to learn more about Trillium Gift of Life Network or more about registering a "Yes" decision to donate, please visit, or call 1-800-263-2833.

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