Economic consequences incurred by living kidney donors: a Canadian multi-center prospective study.
Bottom Line: Some living kidney donors incur economic consequences as a result of donation; however, these costs are poorly quantified.The economic impact of living kidney donation for some individuals is large.We advocate for programs to reimburse living donors for their legitimate costs.
Affiliation: Department of Medicine, Institute of Health Economics, Edmonton, AB, Canada.Show MeSH
Mentions: Approximately 45% of donors directly experienced economic consequences attributable to living kidney donation (out-of-pocket costs, lost pay, but excluding home productivity costs) that were less than $1000 (Figure 1). However, 20% incurred costs between $1000 and $3000, 34% experienced costs >$3000, with 15% of those incurring costs >$8000. The average out-of-pocket costs and lost wages for living donors was $3268 (median $1282) (Table 4). In sensitivity analysis, mean home productivity cost was estimated at $5521.
Affiliation: Department of Medicine, Institute of Health Economics, Edmonton, AB, Canada.