In Israel, Organ Donors Prioritized When in Need

Friday, December 18, 2009

Israel will soon become the first country to move people with organ donor cards up the list if they ever need a transplant themselves. Advocates of the new program say it's a win-win plan that will boost Israel's rate of donor sign-ups higher than its current 10 percent, while critics argue that the program violates the ideal of care being provided solely based on need.

Priority will still be given to patients immediately in need of heart, lung, and liver transplants, but when two people need the same organ, this priority scheme will have an impact. We’re joined from Tel Aviv by a leading supporter of the reform, Professor Jacob Lavee, whose article in the medical journal "The Lancet” outlined the new Israeli proposals on organ donation.  We also speak with Dr. Sally Satel, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, in Washington.

Guests:

Professor Jacob Lavee and Dr. Sally Satel

Contributors:

Kate McGough

Comments [1]

Dave Undis

A similar deal is available in the U.S. from 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.

If you want to donate your organs to other organ donors, you can join LifeSharers at 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.

Dec. 18 2009 03:39 PM

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