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How to Donate an Organ to a Friend or Family Member

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Updated September 12, 2013

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The Costs of Being a Living Related Organ Donor

If you are considering being an organ donor, it is important to know the costs of donation. The medical expenses associated with donating an organ are paid for by the recipient’s insurance, including hospital bills, testing before surgery and all other medical expenses directly related to the donation. This is true of all types of organ donation.

The additional expenses that a living donor experiences, including the loss of wages, child care expenses during recovery, food, lodging and travel costs, are not covered. If the donor has disability insurance, there may be no loss of wages or the loss may be minimized.

For donors who have difficulty with the costs that are not covered by insurance, The National Living Donor Assistance Program can provide help with expenses.

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