The number of Dutch who explicitly said 'no' to being organ donors increased by 152 thousand to 1.71 million since early 2016, Statistics Netherlands announced on Wednesday. In the same period the number of people who did give permission for their organs to be donated also increased, by 36 thousand to 3.6 million.
The number of 18 year olds who chose to register as a potential organ donor has been steadily increasing in the last few years. Last year 72 percent of the young adults registered that they are willing to make their organs available when they die, compared to 53 percent in 2003.
Research from EenVandaag among 20 thousand people shows that 61 percent are in favor of setting up a system where people are automatically registered as organ donors.
More young people have registered themselves as organ donors in The Netherlands. In the last five years, the percentage has doubled according to the Dutch Transplantation Association (NTS).