Maximum ages for receiving donated organs should be canceled, according to a
public committee’s recommendation to the Health Ministry that was announced on
The committee, headed by Dr. Eyal Katvan, presented its
recommendations to ministry director-general Prof.
Ronni Gamzu and to the
chairman of the Israel Transplant Center, Prof. Rafael Beyar (who is also
director- general of Rambam Medical Center in Haifa).
recommendations are accepted, people of any age will be eligible to receive a
donated organ – although availability is limited by the lack of donations. Who
receives an available organ has until now been determined by a formula and point
system that included the age of the patient. The older the potential recipient,
the less chance he had of getting an organ. Nearly 1,000 Israelis die in an
average year while waiting for organs for transplantation. If the suggestions
become ministry practice, the loss of points for being older will be
Six months ago, Gamzu appointed the committee to rethink the
criterion of age according to medical, legal and ethical
Katvan is a jurist from the Academic Center for Law and
Business and an expert in bioethics, medicine and law.
The committee had
25 members in the fields of medicine, law, Halacha, ethics, gerontology and
sociology as well as representatives of organ recipients and the
The panel also heard the views of the general public.