Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Health & Personal Care  > Medical Specialties & Departments > Kidney Transplant

Kidney Transplant Cost


How Much Does a Kidney Transplant Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: Copays + 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $260,000+
post E-mail post Post  

A kidney transplant is used to treat kidney failure, most commonly caused by diabetes. A kidney can come from a living or deceased donor.

Typical costs:

  • For patients covered by health insurance, out-of-pocket costs for a kidney transplant typically consist of doctor visit, lab and prescription drug copays as well as coinsurance of 10%-50% for surgery and other procedures, which can easily reach the yearly out-of-pocket maximum. Health insurance will typically cover a kidney transplant.
  • For patients not covered by health insurance, a kidney transplant typically costs up to $260,000 or more total for the pre-transplant screening, donor matching, surgery, post-surgical care and the first six months of drugs. Afterward, it costs about $17,000 a year for anti-rejection drugs.
  • According to Vimo.com, a health care cost comparison website, the average list price for a kidney transplant is $143,500, while the average negotiated price, through a health insurance company, is just under $33,500. According to TransplantLiving.org, total costs for a kidney transplant[1] from the month before the transplant through the first six months afterward typically reach almost $260,000, including more than $17,000 for the medications. These costs include pre-surgery medical tests, surgery, hospitalizations for complications, follow-up care and anti-rejection and other drugs.
  • The most common combination of anti-rejection drugs[2] which are used for life, is tacrolimus (brand name Prograf), mycophenolate mofetil (brand name CellCept), and Prednisone. At DrugsDepot.com, a one-month supply of the brand-name Prograf can cost about $400-$2,000 or more, depending on the dose. And, at DrugsDepot.com, a one-month supply of generic tacrolimus costs about $150-$900 or more, depending on the dose. At DrugsDepot.com, a one-month supply of the brand name CellCept costs more than $1,000. At DrugsDepot.com, a one-month supply of generic mycophenolate mofetil costs less than $30. And Prednisone typically costs less than $10 a month.
Related articles: Kidney Cancer Treatment, Chemotherapy, Radiation Therapy, Health Insurance

What should be included:
  • If a transplant might be needed, a screening is conducted at a transplant center to determine whether the patient is a candidate for transplant. Then, if a living donor is being used, tests will be conducted to ensure compatibility. If not, the patient will have to sign up on an organ donor waiting list. Organdonor.gov offers a step-by-step guide to the transplant process[3] .
  • For the operation, the patient is placed under general anesthesia, and the surgeon makes an incision in the abdomen. The doctor then takes the donor kidney and stitches its ureter, a tube that takes urine out of the kidneys, to the patient's bladder. Unless they are causing health problems, the non-functioning kidneys are left in the body.
  • Emory Transplant Center offers a guide to the transplant procedure[4] , recovery[5] , going home[6] and medications[7] .
Additional costs:
  • Anti-rejection drugs[8] , which typically must be taken for life, cost as much as $17,000 per year, according to the American Kidney Fund. If the transplant fails, treatment costs can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars. For example, the first year of treatment after a transplant failure[9] , known as a "graft failure," can cost about $140,000, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. About 55% of kidney transplants fail[10] within 10 years.
Discounts:
  • Patients of any age with kidney failure that requires dialysis are eligible for Medicare, which might pay up to 80% of the costs of a transplant; however, Medicare covers only 36 months of anti-rejection drugs. The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse offers information on Medicare and other financial resources[11] .
  • Many hospitals give discounts of up to 30% or more to uninsured or cash-paying patients. For example, Washington Hospital Healthcare System[12] in California offers a 35% discount.
  • HelpHOPELive helps patients conduct community fundraising campaigns[13] to help pay for transplants, but the organization takes a fee of 4%-7%.
Shopping for a kidney transplant:
  • The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients offers a transplant center locator[14] by address. And the National Kidney Center offers a guide to choosing a transplant center[15] .
  • The National Kidney Center offers a comparison chart[16] showing the different types of dialysis and different types of kidney transplants, listing the pros and cons of each.
  • The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse offers a guide to the kidney transplant process[17] .
  • The Stanford University School of Medicine is conducting clinical trials[18] for a new transplant protocol that might allow kidney recipients to live without anti-rejection drugs.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


No Discount Card? Don't Forget Jenny's Number
Standing in line to pay for groceries in an unfamiliar grocery store, you realize they have discount card savings programs. You don't have a card. || Posted September 19 2013


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Kidney Transplant
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Hospital or Medical Center: Physician: 
Post-Surgical Medications:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.transplantliving.org/before-the-transplant/financing-a-transplant/the-costs/
  2.  www.kidney.org/atoz/content/immuno_meds.cfm
  3.  www.organdonor.gov/about/transplantationprocess.html
  4.  www.emoryhealthcare.org/transplant-kidney/learn-about/procedures.html
  5.  www.emoryhealthcare.org/transplant-kidney/learn-about/post-transplant.html
  6.  www.emoryhealthcare.org/transplant-kidney/learn-about/going-home.html
  7.  www.emoryhealthcare.org/transplant-kidney/learn-about/medications.html
  8.  www.kidneyfund.org/advocacy/policy-and-issues/policy-issues.html
  9.  www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Research/HealthCareFinancingReview/dow...
  10.  kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/kustats/
  11.  www.kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/financialhelp/index.aspx
  12.  www.whhs.com/about/washington-hospital-discount-policy-for-uninsured/
  13.  www.helphopelive.org/about/faqs.cfm#37DB3F76-123F-73FE-8942ECFEA9D84F23
  14.  www.srtr.org/csr/current/Centers/Default.aspx
  15.  www.nationalkidneycenter.org/treatment-options/transplant/find-a-transplant-center/
  16.  www.nationalkidneycenter.org/treatment-options/dialysis-transplant-comparison/
  17.  www.kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/transplant/
  18.  med.stanford.edu/ism/2011/october/strober.html
More Health & Personal Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Health & Personal Care How Much Does Chemotherapy Cost? How Much Does Growing Medical Marijuana Outdoors Cost? How Much Do Crutches Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 


Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Angiogram of heart
Paid: 55150.00
Had this procedure done to check heart due to abnormal stress test. Did not need any stents or any other procedure as everything was negative... [more]
-Pamela Garrett
Angiogram Cost
HELP: asbestos in furance - many questions
Paid: 0.00
I am renting out my home in Grand Rapids, MI and have received a notice from the city that the home must be inspected... [more]
-Busa
Asbestos Removal Cost
Belly
Paid: 45.00
The clamp was annoying so it took away concentration of the tiny sting of the needle. I had just turned 15 at the the time and I've had it for almost a year and it has healed fast and never given me any trouble... [more]
-Madi
Body Piercings Cost
2 half shafts replaced
Paid: 140.00
Bought the axles myself on ebay for 40 each, then had a mobile mechanic come to my house to do the work. It is not a hard job, but has a couple tricky parts for a subaru. Easier for a honda or toyota... [more]
-Subbie Giy
Replacing a CV Boot Cost
Even with insurance looking at going broke
Paid: 55000.00
Recently on a camping vacation my 11 year old became very sick. Took him to the closest hospital. Found out he is type 1 diabetic. Was very sick and had to be flown from Rock Springs WY, to Salt Lake City, UT. 185 mile on the ground... [more]
-Broke and confused.
Air Ambulance Cost
United Locksmith
Paid: 200.00
DO NOT CALL THESE PEOPLE!!!I lock my keys in my truck and called these guys. They told me 19 bucks for calling and 35 for a lockout... [more]
-Man in Distress
Locksmith Cost