2008 — Israel Organ Transplantation Law

 

In 2008 Israel passed the Organ Transplant Act, banning the sale, purchase and brokerage of organs both in Israel and abroad.

Main points:

  • The prohibition against sale forbids receipt of a reward for an organ removed from the body of any person including one’s own.
  • The prohibition against purchase forbids giving a reward for an organ transplanted into the body of any person including one’s own.
  • The prohibition against brokerage forbids being a broker either directly or indirectly where a prohibited reward has been promised.
  • The penalties for violating these prohibitions apply whether the organ removal or transplant is intended to take place inside or outside Israel.
  • The law prohibits reimbursement of transplantation abroad conducted in violation of the standards of the legislation.
  • This provision ended funding through the health insurance system of transplants in China for Israeli nationals.

 

Knesset official source

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