Organ transplant surgery doctor medical dr. 370 (R).
(photo credit: Keith Bedford / Reuters)
The Health Ministry has appointed a public committee to make recommendations on
whether there should continue to be a cutoff age for certain organ
The steering committee of the Israel Transplant Center,
headed by Rambam Medical Center director-general Prof.
initiated the question by asking ministry director-general Prof. Ronni Gamzu,
who decided to appoint the committee.
At present, because of the shortage
of donor organs, criteria determine their allocation, including the medical
urgency of the transplant, the amount of time the would-be recipient has been
waiting, suitability according to blood and tissue type and
Various age limits had been set for each organ.
of age was publicized most recently when the former head of the Mossad, Meir
Dagan, who had liver cancer, went to Belarus for a transplant because he was
older than the limit for that organ. He has completely recovered.
committee is to investigate whether age limits are still relevant along with
their legal and ethical aspects, and whether they should be changed or
The committee is to be headed by attorney Dr. Eyal Katvan,
an expert in bioethics, and to consist of 25 members from fields including
medicine, law, ethics, Halacha, gerontology, sociology. Other members include
the elderly and former transplant recipients.
During their deliberations,
the committee is to invite the general public to voice their views on the