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Israel: Encouragement of Organ Donation

(Jan. 19, 2010) On January 4, 2010, the Knesset passed an amendment to the Public Health Law, 5754-1994. According to the amendment, a person who donates an organ during his lifetime to another Israeli resident in accordance with the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008, will be exempted from payment of health insurance premiums for a period to be determined by the Minister of Health in consultation with the Minister of the Treasury. This exemption recognizes that the donor is exposed to health risks following the donation. The amendment is designed to save lives by encouraging people to donate organs of their free will. (Public Health (Amendment No. 47) Law, 5770-2010, Knesset website, http://www.knesset.gov.il/privatelaw/data/18/3/284_3_2.rtf (last visited Jan. 15, 2010); see also the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008, Sefer HaHukim (Official Gazette) 5748, No. 2144, at 394.)