There are more than 78,000 Americans waiting for a kidney transplant, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. Worse, the gap between the number of patients waiting and the number of kidney transplants performed has grown by 110% in the last decade.
Cutting the lengthy wait for a kidney will take more than innovative changes in medical practice, according to the National Kidney Foundation. As part of a new initiative unveiled in late January, the patient service and advocacy organization said compensation should be part of the solution.
That represents a shift from the group’s 2003 position that “offering direct or indirect economic benefits in exchange for organ donation is inconsistent with our values as a society.” Now, NKF recommends that deceased donors’ families and living donors be reimbursed for donation-related costs or medical care. For living donors, that would include lifelong coverage for any medical problems related to the donation.
The whole shebang.