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Prioritizing Registered Donors in Organ Allocation

237.1 - Prioritizing Registered Donors in Organ Allocation: A New Model for Organ Donation in Israel

Presenter: Jacob, Lavee, Tel Aviv, Israel
Authors: Jacob Lavee


A unique new Israeli Organ Transplantation Law, in which the old moral imperative of reciprocal altruism has been resurrected and which grants prioritization in organ allocation to candidates who are registered donors for at least 3 years prior of being listed, has resulted in a significant preliminary increase in organ transplantations from deceased donors. In addition, unique clauses of the law which ban reimbursement of illegal transplant tourism and remove disincentives for living donation have resulted in marked reduction in transplant tourism and significant increase in local living donation.

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