U.S. Working to Speed Transplants
The federal government plans to spend $200 million to shorten the time people must wait for organ transplants.
There are at least 120,000 Americans on transplant waiting lists. Some 80 percent are waiting for a new kidney, according to Jeff Zients, the director of the White House National Economic Council.
Yet the donor registration system is 48 years old, and badly out of date. One possible improvement involves the use of social media. Donors could announce their intentions via Facebook, Twitter, or Tinder. That could lead to as many as a million potential new donors.
There were a total of 30,000 organ transplants in the U.S. last year, the highest number ever.