04 Feb '12, 11pm

8 in 10 Singaporeans are clueless about details of the Human Organ Transplant Act: Poll

8 in 10 Singaporeans are clueless about details of the Human Organ Transplant Act: Poll

File picture of a patient undergoing kidney dialysis. When asked about organ transplants and its laws, eight in 10 Singaporeans are stumped, especially when it comes to the details. -- ST PHOTO: GEORGE GASCON By Judith Tan When asked about organ transplants and its laws, eight in 10 Singaporeans are stumped, especially when it comes to the details. These include the removal of organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys and corneas under the Human Organ Transplant Act (Hota); and the choice to opt out. These are the findings of a cross- sectional survey carried out in 2010 to determine the level of awareness of Hota and its relation to altruism. About 1,500 patients at the SingHealth polyclinics were asked four multiple-choice questions on what Hota is, how familiar they are with the law, who is included and the opt-out option. This study was one of the clinical research proj...

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