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.