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Compensating Live Organ Donors

The donor compensation program in the framework of the Organ Transplantation Law, 2008


The Ministry of Health led the initiative for this program, which the Knesset then approved. The program is intended to protect the donor, both from the medical-health perspective and from the financial perspective, to avoid loss from lack of earnings during the period following the surgery, and to ensure the donor’s future physical and mental health. 

The compensation is given to donors when the donation and transplant surgery is performed in Israel.

For this purpose, the following refunds are given: 
  • Refund due to loss of earnings - A sum equivalent to the benefit paid by the National Insurance Institute to a person serving in reserve duty for a period of less than 40 days: minimum NIS 7960, maximum NIS 58,520.
  • Refund of travel expenses - In a standard and set sum of NIS 2716, with no need to produce receipts.
  • Psychological treatment - Refund for 5 treatments to the value of up to NIS 435 per treatment, subject to the presentation of receipts proving that the treatment was performed, and subject to the treatments being conducted within a period of up to 48 months after the donation.
  • Recovery leave - Refund for vacation in a hotel for a period of 7 consecutive days at a value of up to NIS 543 per day. Subject to the presentation of receipts and subject to the vacation being taken within a period of up to 90 days after the donation is made.
Insurance refunds
  • Private medical insurance or supplementary insurance of healthcare organizations - Refund to the value of up to NIS 60 per month for a period of 60 months, subject to presentation of the policy and receipts proving purchase of the insurance. It is advisable to purchase this insurance before the operation or in the first three months after the operation.
  • Loss of working capacity insurance - Refund to the value of up to NIS 206 per month for a period of 60 months, subject to presentation of the policy and receipts proving purchase of the insurance.
  • Life insurance - Refund to the value of up to NIS 130 per month for a period of 60 months, subject to presentation of the policy and receipts proving purchase of the insurance.
All of the insurance payments above will be made from the end of the first year of the donation and for 60 months (5 years). Before the end of the first year from the day of donation, the donor will receive a reminder to send the insurance forms, according to the breakdown appearing in the directions and forms for submitter of an application for expenses file.
  • Health Insurance Contributions – a refund of or exemption from paying health tax for 36 months. The Transplant Center takes care of referring donors' data directly to the National Insurance Institute of Israel once a year, on January 1st. In case you haven't received a message from the National Insurance Institute of Israel concerning your entitlement to tax exemption, or you have any questions in this matter, you can approach the National Insurance Institute of Israel via exclusive email for live donors: trumutbb@nioi.gov.il.
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    Attention: practically speaking, hired workers and pensioners continue to pay health insurance but shall receive a refund from the National Insurance Institute of Israel for every year, retroactively, for three years, based on the certificates required in a letter which would be sent by the National Insurance Institute of Israel. Self-employed, students, Yeshiva students, and non-employed receive an automatic exemption every month for three years, with no need to approach the National Insurance Institute of Israel.    

Directions and Forms

 

Inquiries

For help in completing the forms you can contact Osnat Yunayev, Reimbursement coordinator:
  • Telephone: 03-6061742
    Between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, Sundays through Thursdays
  • Email: osnat.yunayev@moh.health.gov.il
  • Address: The National transplant center
    15 Noah Moses St., Tel Aviv 6744253 (the street parallel and to the north of the Azrieli towers).
    Parking: nearby in 126 Yiga Alon Str. (it is not possible to park in the Ministry of Health compound).
  • Public transport: All of the buses that stop near the Azrieli towers. Train: Tel Aviv Hashalom train station – a 7-minute walk.
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