Israel: donor eggs are rising in price.

The other day, the Commission of Health of Israel adopted an amendment to the law on egg donation, unanimously voted to increase donors’ rewards. Earlier the payment for eggs’ donation was limited by 10,000 shekels (which is approximately $3,000 USD), but now this amount is increased to 20,000. However, added 10,000 will be charged not from a woman who needs donor biological material, but will be paid by the state. The Commission of Health was forced to take such step because of reducing of those who wish to become donors: last year only 7 women have donated their eggs.

Egg donation in Israel has become paid only 3 years ago. Before couples could only rely on a limited number of eggs that had remained unused after a successful in-vitro fertilization in IVF clinics. Charging for biomaterial was illegal, which forced many couples to look for it in foreign clinics. Now Israel authorities hope that increased fees for deposited biological material will attract more donors and partially solve the problem of shortage of eggs. The only concern on this matter has expressed the deputy Orly Levy-Abukasis: "Now women, tempted by high payments, will put their health at risk...".



Well, little by little, and bit by bit: less than three years ago donation in Israel has become paid, and now a law to increase the remuneration for eggs is already adopted. As it’s correctly noted by the general director of the Israel Ministry of Health prof. Roni Hamza, the government should motivate women to become donors in Israel, otherwise they would do it in other countries. I fully agree with Mr Hamza: the process of donating eggs is not easy for a woman: it's a loss of time, much effort, the hormone therapy ... And, of course, it must be fairly rewarded. As for some experts’ concern that women will be attracted by money and start donating their biomaterial in insane amounts, it has no good reason: all donors in Israel are registered in a database, so a woman can donate her eggs up to three times . And the most important thing here, in my opinion, is that the state clearly demonstrates its willingness to pay for the solution of demographic problems.