The average cost for a kidney transplant is less than $40,000. Compared to continuous need for dialysis, a kidney transplant becomes cost-effective after less than three years. Put simply, a lot of money could be saved if more kidney transplants were done, not to mention the improvement of more patients' quality of life.
Most kidney transplant patients are eligible for Medicare, which pays 80 percent of the cost of the transplant. Medicare also pays up to 80 percent of the cost of ongoing care, such as the antirejection drugs, but this only continues for 36 months. If you're eligible for Medicare because of your age or disability, it continues to cover ongoing care costs as long as you remain eligible. Speak to your doctor and insurance company about your eligibility for payment of these costs.
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