Living Donor Psychological and Interpersonal Considerations
Living Donor Financial Considerations
Currently, kidney donors are responsible for any lost wages, travel, and childcare expenses that stem from their surgery. WaitList Zero firmly believes that donors should not lose money because of their act of kindness. Work is underway through policy initiatives to help alleviate the financial burden that comes with becoming a living donor. Though no authoritative figure exists, out-of-pocket costs to donors currently average about $2,100. While WaitList Zero is confident in our ability to get states to change status quo, a prospective donors may need assistance right now. There are a few national resources that may help. Prospective donors are also encouraged to speak with their local transplant centers about local sources of assistance.
- National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC). The center is funded by HRSA – the federal agency that oversees transplantation. NLDAC reimburses travel expenses for donors beneath a certain income threshold.
- American Transplant Foundation. The foundation is a 501c3 non-profit founded by a two-time kidney recipient whose second kidney came from his son. They compensate for lost wages during recovery from surgery. The maximum reimbursement amount is $800.
- American Living Organ Donor Network. The network advocates for the rights and needs of living donors and has a fund that provides financial assistance for those who have no option but to take unpaid leave to donate.