Organ transplant gives hope to people with organ failure and gives many a renewed life. But the need for organs dramatically outnumbers those organs available for transplant. For those waiting for an organ to become available, living donation – when a living person donates an organ or part of one – is an alternative. Living donation typically involves a kidney, a segment of the liver, the lobe of one lung, a portion of the pancreas or a portion of the intestine. Living donation has benefits and risks, and requires extensive consultation with a transplant center to determine if it is right for you. Read these frequently asked questions and answers.
In general, most medical costs associated with living donation are covered by the organ recipient’s insurance. This includes costs related to the donor’s medical evaluation, transplant procedure and postoperative care. Some donors, however, need help with non-medical costs directly related to the donation like travel, lodging, and lost-wages.
Donating an organ during life is an extraordinary act. Getting an organ from a living donor is too. For those willing and deemed suitable, the focus should be on their bodies – the donation and getting back to health and life – without the worry and distraction of non-medical expenses directly related to the donation. There is limited financial assistance in this regard, and helpful state laws are limited and vary dramatically with regard to requirements that ease the burden, like paid time off or tax credits. Our point is to lend a hand.