In the survey, I asked a number of questions about the out-of-pocket costs associated with becoming a living donors. To be honest, there are too many variables at play for the responses to be compiled in a meaningful way.
Everyone’s circumstances are so different that the best I can offer here is my running list of types of expenses involved in becoming a living kidney to help prospective donors think through the commitment they are making. Prospective living kidney donors should consider all costs including:
- Travel expenses
- Child care
- Lost wages / disability insurance
- Second opinions and follow up testing
- Over-the-counter pain management
- Incision care supplies
- Long term health monitoring
- Professional therapy
Shortly after I began promoting the living kidney donor survey in May 2018, I was contacted by Michael Mittelman who told me about the American Living Organ Donor Fund about his mission to help eliminate the costs associated with becoming a living kidney donor. If you are considering becoming a living kidney donors and want to learn more about the financial impacts, I highly recommend visiting his site.