According to the BBC, Israel recently enacted a law that gives priority status to patients seeking an organ transplant if they themselves are organ donors. The main aim of the legislation is to increase donation rates, as there are shortages of available organs.
The article, being from the BBC, also cites a proposal for a new organ transplant policy in Britain—presumed consent, whereby one would have to actively declare that they do not wish to have their organs used for transplantation after they die as opposed to the current British policy, which is the reverse—one has to actively register to be an organ donor.
Personally, I’d like to see a combination of the two policies—those who oppose the prospect of donating their organs after they have died should revoke consent with the knowledge that if they themselves need an organ, they may end up lower on the list to get a transplant. If someone has a hang up about having the organs be used after they are no longer useful to their original owner to save someone else’s life, they should understand if they don’t get priority access to someone else’s organs when they are sick.