No Cash, No Heart. Transplant Centers Need to Know You Can Pay.
December 4, 2018
(New York Times) – Virtually all of the nation’s more than 250 transplant centers, which refer patients to a single national registry, require patients to verify how they will cover bills that can total $400,000 for a kidney transplant or $1.3 million for a heart, plus monthly costs that average $2,500 for anti-rejection drugs that must be taken for life, Dr. Caplan said. Coverage for the latter is more scattershot than for the operation itself, even though transplanted organs will not last without the medicine.