Maneka Gandhi calls for urgent measures to step-up commitment to organ donation

NEW DELHI: Minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi has written to health minister JP Nadda suggesting measures that can help motivate more people to come forward to commit to organ donation.

In a letter also marked to finance minister Piyush Goyal, Gandhi has suggested that health insurance policy holders should be given a discount in the premium if he or she agrees to donate the organs in the event of death in a hospital during treatment.

“I am sure that the health insurance companies as well as the hospitals will welcome this discount in the insurance premiums,” Gandhi has said in her letter. She has called for the need to work with a team of experts to put in place measures necessary in view of the growing disease burden.

Gandhi has also suggested changes in the form that every patient who undergoes a procedure in the hospital has to fill up. This form has many declarations and clauses. “We should mandatorily add a clause stating that in case of the…

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