Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics

Special Section: The Many Voices of Spanish Bioethics

Spain's Record Organ Donations: Mining Moral Conviction


Over the past 20 years, organ donations in Spain have soared from modest numbers to the highest rate in the world. In the brief span between 1998 and 2005, donation rates have increased from 14 per million population (p.m.p.) to 35.1 p.m.p. By way of comparison the number in the United States is 25.5 donations p.m.p.

Carlos Gil-Diaz, J.D., is a Consultant in Education and Communication in Health Legislation and Bioethics, Madrid, Spain.


Translated from the Spanish original by Pablo Rodríguez del Pozo and Joseph J. Fins.