– organ donation: regardless of the ongoing investigation into the organ donation scandal, transplants will be flanked by new legal regulations. An audit commission based at the german medical association is now taking a closer look at transplant centers and organ removal clinics and informing the relevant state authorities in the event of violations of the transplant law. Transplant hospitals must also appoint transplant officers. Living donors now have a claim against the organ recipient’s health insurance company for medical treatment, pre- and post-donation care, rehabilitation, travel expenses and sick pay. In the event of incapacity for work, you will also receive continued payment of wages. The costs must be covered by the health insurance of the organ recipient. If the donor suffers health problems in connection with the organ transplant, the statutory accident insurance will now cover the costs. The start of the planned survey of citizens on their willingness to donate organs in the event of death will not take place until the beginning of november.
– toll: tolls will now also be charged on well-maintained federal highways for coarser trucks – on routes with a total length of around 1,000 kilometers nationwide. The federal ministry of transport hopes this will generate an additional 100 million euros a year for road construction. As on the approximately 13,000 kilometers of autobahns, the extended toll – an average of 17 cents per kilometer – must be paid for trucks over twelve tons. The bundesrat had already cleared the way for the expansion of the toll in may of last year. However, the negotiations with the toll operator toll collect dragged on for a long time.