More education on organ transplants needed: doctors
CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- Local doctors yesterday urged more public education to dissuade Taiwanese from seeking organ transplants in China, where they said such operations are not transparent.
March 1, 2013, 12:26 am TWN
“The public needs to be re-educated,” said Kuo Cheng-deng, a doctor at the Taipei Veterans General Hospital, who described Taiwanese people who opt for transplants in China as “accomplices” of the unethical commercial organ trade in China.
Kuo made the remarks at a forum in Taipei that gathered experts from Taiwan, the United States, Malaysia, Canada and Israel to discuss the medical safety of organ transplants abroad and trends in international legislation in this regard.
Huang Shi-wei, standing director of the Taipei-based International Care Association for Organ Transplants, said 2,541 Taiwanese have sought kidney transplants overseas in the past 12 years, mostly in China. This is slightly more than the 2,537 who have sought transplants in Taiwan.