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Israel Reduces Transplant Tourism

In May 2008, Israel prohibited health insurers to reimburse the cost of illegal transplantation abroad. Since then, the number of transplants performed abroad dropped significantly, from a median of 143 per year during 2006–2008 to <45 per year during 2009–2011. There was a parallel increase in the number of kidney transplantations from living donors, from a median of 56 transplants per year in 2006–2008 to 78 per year in 2008–2011, with a peak of 117 transplants in 2011


The question now is: what will Israel do to protect and care for their living kidney donors?


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