Age limitation for organ transplantation: The Israeli example

Eyal Katvan, Israel Doron, Tamar Ashkenazi, Hagai Boas, Michal Carmiel-Haggai, Michal Dranitzki Elhalel, Boaz Shnoor, Jacob Lavee

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In 2013 the Israeli Ministry of Health appointed a public committee to examine the policy of placing an age limitation on candidates listed for organ transplantation. The committee rejected the use of an age limit criterion for listing candidates for transplantation and recommended to abolish it. However, opinions differed regarding the use of recipients' age in shaping a fair organ allocation policy. The committee's recommendations were adopted and put into force as of April 2014. This article unfolds the committee deliberations on accommodating values of formal equality for optimising the use of organ transplantation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-10
Number of pages3
JournalAge and Ageing
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2017

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  • Age limit
  • Israel
  • Older people
  • Organ transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Aging


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