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Why is it Important to Become an Organ Donor?

April is National Donate Life Month, and since it started in 2003, there have been 145 million Americans that have registered to become organ donors. That makes 58% of the American adult population registered organ donors. Even with this achievement, there are still 110,000 men, women, and children waiting for organs and nearly 8,000 people die each year because organs aren’t donated in time or are available. Organ donation is often a last resort for chronic disease care. It is easy to register to become an organ donor in the state of Florida, you can register to be an organ donor when renewing your driver’s license or ID, register online, or contact Donate Life Florida and they can mail a registration form to you. Your registration serves as a symbol of hope to patients waiting. Consider the facts below to aid you in the decision.


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Facts About Organ Donation

  • 80% of patients on the waiting list are waiting for a kidney. The average waiting time for a kidney from a deceased donor is 3 to 5 years. A kidney from a living donor offers patients an alternative to years of dialysis and time on the national transplant waiting list (the living donor’s remaining kidney will enlarge, doing the work of two healthy kidneys).
  • 12% of patients waiting are in need of a liver. Living donation of part of the liver can help these patients (the remaining portion of the donor liver will regenerate and regain full function).
  • By being an organ donor, you can save up to 8 lives and heal the lives of more than 75 people, including their families, and communities.
  • Almost anyone, regardless of age, race or gender, can become an organ and tissue donor, and there are no costs to the person’s family or estate.
  • The organs are only donated after death. Unless you choose to make a living donation.
  • There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate for donation.
  • In 2018, more than 36,500 transplants brought renewed life to patients and their families and communities.

As the nation’s waiting list for organs continues to grow, you can help make a difference in someone’s life by registering to become an organ donor. With this final act of compassion and generosity you can save someone’s family member.

Do You Want to Become an Organ Donor?

Any of the internal medicine specialists at Primary Care Physicians of Florida can answer any lingering questions you may have about the benefits of organ donation and provide you with a comprehensive medical exam to make sure that you are healthy enough to be a good organ donor.

At PCP of Florida, we have doctors who accept Medicare and Medicaid on staff, as well as others who are on the list of Blue Cross Shield healthcare providers.

Some of the other insurances we carry at Primary Care Physicians of Florida are (but not limited to): Humana, Cigna, UnitedHealthCare, Molina, and Guardian. Please contact us for more information about the insurance plans we accept.

Set up a same-day doctor appointment by filling out our online contact form or calling 954-983-9191 to schedule a medical exam today.

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