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The financial costs with a kidney transplant, from medical procedures to medications, leave many patients in debt. Find out how our nonprofit can help!
The life-saving opportunity and benefits of a kidney transplant should bring hope and joy to a patient. Unfortunately, the costs involved with a kidney transplant, from medical procedures to ongoing medications and other expenses, cause many patients concern and worry regarding how they will be able to cover the cost of the gift of life.
Understanding the costs involved in a transplant and exploring financial assistance options, including how to fundraise, are your first steps to dealing with the financial burden of a kidney transplant.
According to a Milliman Research Report, the estimated cost of a kidney transplant in 2020 before insurance is $442,500 in the United States. The cost breakdown is as follows.
There are a variety of costs involved with a kidney transplant. In fact, just joining the transplant waiting list can be an expense: many transplant centers have a policy in place that requires patients to prove that they have the financial capability to proceed with the kidney transplant process before they can be listed.
Other costs include:
Below are additional statistics from a 2020 study that surveyed patients in the United States receiving a kidney transplant by category.
It’s important to understand that in most cases, medical insurance DOES NOT provide 100% coverage for the costs of a transplant and post-transplant care.
Most kidney transplant candidates cannot cover the costs associated with a kidney transplant and post-transplant care without assistance. That’s where Help Hope Live comes in: our nonprofit helps kidney transplant candidates to start community-based fundraising campaigns so they can receive the gift of life.
Fundraising with our nonprofit works as follows:
Unlike GoFundMe, Help Hope Live:
Help Hope Live is a nonprofit with decades of transplant fundraising experience and a perfect 4-star Charity Navigator rating.
Here are a few Help Hope Live kidney transplant fundraising success stories:
Joanna McCray credits fundraising with Help Hope Live for bringing the gift of life within reach in 2018. Unable to work following a diagnosis of end-stage kidney disease, Joanna relied on fundraising to assist with costs ranging from medical travel to caregiving to a lifetime of post-transplant medications. Today, she is a proud Help Hope Live Brand Ambassador.
When Melissa Tuff needed a kidney transplant, she says her financial coordinator â€œpulled out the calculator and put a price tag on my life. She was required to raise $12,000 to be listed for transplantso far, she has surpassed $19,000.
Single mother Jessie Hallowell was diagnosed with kidney failure out of the blue. She received a lifesaving transplant thanks to her brother’s kidney donation. Community fundraising gave Jessie a way to collect tax-deductible donations, a personalized fundraising video, and caring one-on-one support throughout her transplant journey.
If you choose to fundraise with our nonprofit, here’s how the process will look:
1. APPLY for assistance
2. YOU’LL BE PAIRED with a Client Services Coordinator
3. YOUR COORDINATOR will provide you with one-on-one fundraising help, including personalized fundraising materials and guidance on how to rally your community, share your story on social media, reach out to the press, plan in-person or virtual fundraising events, and more.
Need Other Financial Help Options?
For alternatives to fundraising, you can find information on a variety of kidney transplant financial assistance options. Please view our Transplant Resource Directory for insight into sources of direct financial aid, support groups, and other resources for kidney transplant patients and their families.