More than 8,600 people in the nation are waiting for organ or tissue transplants, with kidneys (about 75 percent), livers (about 14 percent) and corneas (about 7 percent) being the organs most in demand.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare yesterday released the statistics on national Organ Donation Day, which was established on June 19 last year to mark the enactment of the Human Organ Transplantation Act (人體器官移植條例) on June 18, 1987.
The act has been revised six times since it was promulgated, with the most recent revision having occurred in June last year.
Last year, 264 people donated organs or tissues, about 37 percent more than the 193 donors in 2012, the ministry’s Department of Medical Affairs said.
There have been 3,938 donors in the nation since 1987, it said.
People in Taiwan can specify on their National Health Insurance cards if they are willing to donate their organs should they be involved in a fatal accident or face another condition in which organ donation would be a possibility.
More than 30,000 people become donors every year and a total of 315,000 people have agreed to donate their organs to date, the department said.
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