Jun 21, 2015
An unfortunate reality of high costs and low availability.
- Undergoing an organ transplant is a pricey process. Between the cost of the transplant, preliminary testing, surgery, post-operative recovery costs, and non-medical costs, the total amount that one will spend is incredibly high. The cost of an organ transplant will vary depending on the organ type, hospital, and location. However, here is the estimated average billed charges per transplant in the United States.
- Lungs: $797,300
- Heart: $997,700
- Liver: $577,100
- Pancreas: $289,400
- Kidney: $262,900
- Intestines: $1,206,800
Facts and Figures:
- At this moment, roughly 123,000 individuals are awaiting organ transplants in the United States.
- A new name is added to the national organ transport waiting list every 10 minutes.
- 29,532 organ transplants were performed in 2014.
- Roughly 79 people receive an organ transplant each day.
- An average of 21 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant due to a shortage of donated organs.
- Each year, over 7,000 people die due to the lack of available organs for transplant.
- 42.7% of individuals 18 and older are registered donors
- 57.3% of individuals 18 and older are registered donors
States with the highest percentage of individuals who are organ donors:
- Alaska – 79%
- Montana – 79%
- Washington – 75%
States with the lowest percentage of individuals who are organ donors:
- Vermont – 1%
- Texas – 12%
- New York – 18%