Can I get kidney transplant financial assistance? Having a kidney disease often causes financial disaster, simply because it is one of the diseases with high-cost treatment. The chronic disease often forces the patient to resign from the job, making everything that much harder. It is often that even with health insurance, the financial burden of the treatment can be quite daunting. This is especially hard when the patient is uninsured. Many of these people automatically think that there’s no way out.
The average cost of kidney transplant in the first year is typically more than $250,000; according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. Meanwhile, the monthly cost of immunosuppressives drugs such as Cellcept, Prograf, Myfortic and Prednisone is more than $3,000.
Kidney Transplant Financial Assistance
However, there is still some hope. You may have heard about the American Kidney Fund (AKF) from your friends or perhaps your medical technicians. This is a national non-profit organization that has helped countless people ever since it was founded back in 1971. The mission is simple: helping the patients in need with direct financial aid and provides health education for the community and do kidney disease prevention assistance.
It is important to note that this organization does not accept direct application from the patient. Instead, a social worker from your dialysis center should apply in your stead. He or she will then verify your financial aspects. This way, the organization ensure that their help really reach those who are in desperate need for help.
Below are some of the American Kidney Fund’s programs that support kidney transplant process:
Pediatric Summer Enrichment provides emergency financial aid that should be used for paying the camp cost for the children who had their kidney replaced and those who are on dialysis. By doing so, these children can still enjoy the camps and yet still safe because there are facilities and personnel nearby.
AKF Safety Net Program is a program helps the patients who are in desperate need for financial grant for their dialysis or kidney transplant. The borderline is that the patient should have no more than $1,000 in their savings, stocks, and bonds. The amount of grant is up to $175 and it is available every six months, but it should be able to cover some aspects of cost that are related to transportation, nutritional products, and emergency aid.
Meanwhile, there are several other assistances coming from other organization, including the Partnership for Prescription Assistance. This organization assists those who are eligible by covering some portion of the prescription cost (which reach more than $3,000 per month as we’ve mentioned above). Eligibility is basically determined by your financial condition. Please call 1-888-477-2669 for more info.
Families of active duty, retired or deceased person in armed force can try contacting the TRICARE. It’s a health benefit, and it may be able to help you with some part of the transplant cost. However, you still have to get authorized by the TRICARE medical director. Usually, this program is available for those with end-stage organ disease.
Other sources of kidney transplant financial assistance may be available from the American Organ Transplant Association, National Transplant Assistance Fund, and National Foundation for Transplants, Inc.
- American Organ Transplant Association
- Help for Life
- National Foundation for Transplants
- Living Kidney Donors Network
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