Organ transplantation plays a huge role in the lives of many critically ill or injured people of all ages, yet it’s a topic many of us tend not to pay a lot of attention to – unless it affects us. And that’s a shame, because the need for organ donations in the U.S. is very real. For instance, did you know:
- …every day in the U.S., about 80 people receive an organ transplant?
- …about 18 people die each day while waiting for a transplant that never comes?
- …on average, every 10 minutes a new person is added to the organ donation wait list?
- …about 120 million people are registered as organ donors?
Those organ donation statistics are provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and they serve to illustrate the problem of organ donation in the U.S. and throughout the world: the need for donor organs far outpaces the number of organs that are available for transplant. In fact, if you gathered all the people who are waiting for organ donations today, they’d fill a football stadium – twice.
February 14th isn’t just Valentine’s Day; it’s also National Organ Donor Day, a day set aside to learn more about organ donation statistics and how you can become a donor. For instance, while most people think of organ donation as something that you can only do if you’re deceased, that’s not true; there are plenty of opportunities for a living organ donor to make a difference. And advances in medicine and technology have made it safer and easier to donate organs without risking your own health.
It’s easy to take good health for granted when you have it, and having good health insurance in place is one of the best ways to make sure you stay as healthy as you possibly can. When selecting an insurance policy, look for one that offers ample preventive care benefits so you can be screened regularly for signs of chronic diseases that can eventually increase the odds of you possibly needing a transplant someday.
If you’d like to learn more about how you can become an organ donor, the Internet makes it easy. Just visit organdonor.gov, or find your state registry by clicking here. And if you’re interested in learning about how your health insurance can help you stay as healthy as possible, give us a call, and let us help you determine if your policy is providing you with all the coverage you and your loved ones need.