Israel’s new organ donor law

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.

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About Meng Bomin

Real name Benjamin Main, I am a graduate of Grinnell College with a degree in Biological Chemistry.
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One Response to Israel’s new organ donor law

  1. Dave Undis says:

    A similar deal is available in the United States from an organ donor network named LifeSharers.

    If you agree to offer your organs first to other LifeSharers members, you’ll get preferred access to the organs of every other member of the network. As the LifeSharers network expands, your chances of getting an organ if you ever need one keep going up — if you are a member. LifeSharers already has over 13,000 members.

    Giving organs first to organ donors creates an incentive for non-donors to become donors. This increases the supply of organs and saves more lives. Saving the maximum number of lives should be the primary goal of our organ donation/transplantation system.

    Giving organs first to organ donors also makes the system fairer. People who aren’t willing to donate their own organs should go to the back of the transplant waiting list as long as there is an organ shortage.

    If you want to donate your organs to other organ donors, you can join LifeSharers at http://www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. Membership is free. There is no age limit. No one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.

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