Bill to Ease Organ Donation Process

Bill to provide social security benefits for organ donors, shorten long wait for transplants.

Tova Dvorin ,

Hospital care (illustrative)
Hospital care (illustrative)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

More than a thousand people are waiting for organ donations in Israel, and the process is both long and bureaucratic.

But on Sunday, a new bill is being introduced to ease the organ donation process, IDF Radio reports. 

The bill, proposed by MK Orit Struk (Jewish Home) and nine additional lawmakers, including MK Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home), Dov Henin (Hadash) and Miri Regev (Likud), would see organ donation labeled as an 'accident' for social security (bituach leumi) purposes - providing the donor with 30% of the value of disability benefits.

In addition, the organ donation approval process would be shortened from 60 days to just 30 days. 

Struk believes that the likelihood of the bill being approved by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation is high. 

"We found the right balance with this bill," Struk said. "MKs from almost all the parties signed it: Likud, Yisrael Beytenu, Labor, Shas, [and] Yesh Atid." 

"I am optimistic on the chance of it advancing," she added. 

Rabbi Yeshayahu Bar, Chairman of the  Matanat Hayim (Gift of Life) organization for kidney transplants, welcomed the announcement of the proposal.

"Kidney donations are voluntary," he stated. "Someone who contributes an organ to save the life of another should not be harmed financially from it."