4 Nov 2015

Organ donor welcomes compensation leglislation

4:29 pm on 4 November 2015

An organ donor has told MPs a bill to compensate donors is a good start.

The member's bill proposes to provide financial assistance of up to 80 percent of the donor's pre-operation earnings. It also provides for childcare assistance for those who need it while they recover.

The legislation is before the health select committee.

Kerryn Yule, who donated a kidney to her niece, told MPs she would like to see full financial compensation for donors who, she said, underwent a traumatic process.

Although 80 percent was a good start, 100 percent should be the target to ensure donors would be financially supported without having to rely on their own resources, Ms Yule said.