Transplant Patients Often Face Financial Challenges

October 6, 2008

Do you know how costly a transplant can be?

To say transplants are "expensive" is an incredible understatement. When patients hear the staggering amount of money they may be required to pay, it can be frightening to say the least. What is more frightening is the fact that money could stand in the way of an organ, bone marrow or stem cell transplant a patient desperately needs to stay alive. Many transplant centers require significant deposits before a patient can even be added to the waiting list, which causes extra stress for patients.

Below are the approximate costs for transplantation, and these do not include any pre-transplant or follow-up expenses:

  • Heart: $650,000
  • Lung: $400,000
  • Liver: $500,000
  • Kidney: $250,000
  • Pancreas: $300,000
  • Intestine: $900,000
  • Bone marrow (autologous): $270,000
  • Bone marrow (allogeneic related): $480,000
  • Bone marrow (allogeneic unrelated): $600,000
  • Cornea: $20,000

NFT helps to reduce financial burdens for our patients. By guiding transplant patients through the fundraising process, we offer the support and resources patients need to create successful fundraising campaigns in their own communities.