How much does a Heart Transplant cost?

 

The cost of a transplant, including preliminary testing, the surgery itself and post-operative recovery costs vary across the country and depend on the hospital and organ type. These costs start to add up, even before your transplant. Often people don’t realize the numerous non-medical costs like parking at the hospital everyday when parents visit their child or meals during those long days during post-care. Patients commonly have to rely on several sources to help pay for their medical and non-medical costs of pre- and post-transplantation.

Medical costs include:

  • insurance deductibles
  • insurance co-pays
  • pre-transplant evaluation and testing
  • surgery
  • fees for the recovery of the organ from the donor
  • follow-up care and testing
  • additional hospital stays for complications
  • fees for surgeons, physicians, radiologist, anesthesiologist and recurrent lab testing
  • anti-rejection and other drugs, which can easily exceed $2,500 per month
  • rehabilitation

Non-medical costs include:

  • food, lodging and long distance phone calls for family during their child’s daily/weekly hospital stay
  • transportation, to and from your transplant center, before and after your transplant + parking
  • plane travel to get to your transplant hospital quickly
  • child care for children at home
  • lost wages if your employer does not pay for the time you or a family member spends away from work
  • If your transplant center is not close to your home, lodging close to the center before and after your surgery. Some centers offer free or low-cost hospitality houses for you and your family.

 

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Estimated U.S. Average 2011 Billed Charges Per Transplant

Transplant 30 Days
Pre-
transplant
Procurement Hospital
Transplant Admission
Physician
During Transplant
180 Days
Post-transplant
Admission
Immuno-
suppressants
Total
Heart Only
$47,200
$80,400
$634,300
$67,700
$137,800
$30,300
$997,700
Single Lung
$10,300
$73,100
$302,900
$33,500
$117,700
$23,700
$561,200
Double Lung
$21,400
$90,300
$458,500
$56,300
$142,600
$28,200
$797,300
Heart-Lung
$56,800
$130,500
$777,700
$81,000
$169,100
$33,300
$1,148,400
Liver
$25,400
$71,000
$316,900
$46,600
$93,900
$23,300
$577,100
Kidney
$17,000
$67,200
$91,200
$18,500
$50,800
$18,200
$262,900
Pancreas
$17,000
$65,000
$108,900
$17,800
$61,400
$19,300
$289,400
Intestine
$55,100
$78,500
$787,900
$104,100
$146,600
$34,600
$1,206,800

* From TransplantLiving.org website

  • Bert Met

    And the yearly costs thereafter??