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Israelis won't get cover for transplantations unless they can show organ is legal

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 23 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:687
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    Israelis seeking a transplantation abroad because of the severe shortage of organs inside the country can no longer get financial help from their health insurer unless they can prove the donated organ was not illegally purchased or taken under duress.

    New regulations to that effect have been issued by the director general of the health ministry, Avi Yisraeli, who sent them to the four public health funds operating under the national health insurance system.

    Until now health funds have given members—especially those with optional supplementary health insurance policies—between $35 000 (£20 000; €29 000) and $70 000 to help cover the cost of transplantations done abroad without asking for …

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