November 29, 2016 5:18 pm

Saskatchewan premier eyes presumed consent to boost organ donation

Saskatchewan's donation rate is low compared with the rest of Canada - less than one per cent of people who die in the province donate any organ or tissue.

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Premier Brad Wall says he would like Saskatchewan to implement what’s called presumed consent for organ donations if the policy would legally stand in Canada.

The term means people would be presumed to be organ donors unless they specifically opted out.

Wall says the government is looking at whether there are steps that could be taken to protect such legislation from being legally challenged.

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Saskatchewan’s donation rate is low compared with the rest of Canada – less than one per cent of people who die in the province donate any organ or tissue.

Wall says Saskatchewan has to do better and he says presumed consent saves lives.

The Canadian Transplant Society says no other province has presumed consent.

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