New organ donation law moves donors to the head of the line

Israel has a new transplant law that is certain to raise some eyebrows: If you choose to donate your organs, you qualify for priority treatment if you should need an organ yourself.

You will not be catapulted in front of those critically ill patients who need an organ, nor will you step into a self-donation situation (If Fred decides to donate a kidney to Bill, for example, you can’t confiscate Fred’s kidney). But if an organ donor should happen to need an organ, they move to a spot (near) the head of the line.

This is an effort to increase the number of organ donors in Israel – 1 in 10 Israelis have signed their organ donor card. That’s low; in average, 1 in 4 Britons are donors.

Authorities is Great Britain would prefer a system that we have discussed before: Presumed Consent, or what I called the  “Opt-Out” system. Using a Presumed Consent donation system would greatly increase the number of organs available for donation without creating a class of people who qualify for special treatment based on their willingness to become an organ donor.

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2 Responses to “New organ donation law moves donors to the head of the line”

  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.

  2. Egg Donors Says:

    Great Post…..

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    Thanks for sharing….

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