Thursday, June 18, 2015

Transplants-Some basic information





Some basic information about transplant's.  The links at the end of this are excellent and if you have any other to share, please do.  Besides the actual cost's listed below, there is a lot of additional cost's. You have to be on call 24/7 for your procedure, so if you do not live close by, take in transportation costs, living expenses(like motels), eating expenses, care giver, someone to help after the surgery with housework, cooking and so on.  Pet care, lawn care, babysitting or child care and I am sure the list can go on.  You will be on medication the rest of your life to prevent rejection, so that all needs to be added it.  There is a booklet listed below that helps you organize and make charts as to expenses and so forth.

You are told not to stress, but it is very hard when your whole life is being turned upside down and there are not enough organs for all who need them.  Plus, they have to find one that is compatible to you, and in the case of people that are infected with Hepatitis, the liver you receive must also be infected, then as soon as able, you need to go through the rough treatment again.

If you need any help or further information, please contact the agency below, they are professionals that can guide you along the way.
The costs will vary for each patient, based on insurance coverage, the type of transplant and the location of the transplant center. Patients will also incur lifetime medical expenses for follow-up care and prescriptions.

Below is a list of average costs for transplants and first-year expenses. The actual costs may be higher or lower than the figures listed here:


    Bone Marrow (autologous): $360,000
    Bone Marrow (allogeneic): $800,000
    Cornea: $25,000
    Heart: $1 million
    Intestine: $1.2 million
    Kidney: $260,000
    Liver: $575,000
    Lung: $550,000
    Double Lung: $800,000
    Pancreas: $290,000
    Heart/Lung: $1.2 million
    Kidney/Pancreas: $475,000
    Kidney/Heart: $1.3 million
    Liver/Kidney: $1 million



Booklet  Mapping the Maze
https://bethematch.org/Patient/Support_and_Resources/Resource_Library/Plan_resources/Mapping_the_Maze_-_Complete_Manual_%28PDF%29.aspx


Helpful Links:
http://www.transplants.org/resources/links


NFT..National Foundation for Transplants
http://www.transplants.org/about/mission

I have a paypal link on this site if you would like to donate to help someone who is having a transplant and can't afford all the extra's.  Extra's that I detailed above mean so much to someone and maybe a person can pull together the money needed for the first year and the actual transplant, but can't have the needed organ due to costs for living.  This is a way we can help.