Costs, Wait Times, and Patients Journey to Transplant

Transplant costs, wait times, survival rates, medication costs and sources of organs are all important factors that inform and drive our work. Patients and their families go through so much beyond the lung disease that is driving their need to lung transplantation, that is why LTL’s work to support the transplantation journey is essential.

Below is a snapshot of the patients’ financial expectations and journey to a life-saving lung transplant. Your support can help ease the strain on a necessary, life-saving transplant.

COSTS & WAIT TIMES

 

2020

Projections

Figures provided by the 2020 Milliman Report

THE 2020 PROJECTIONS to the right REPRESENT ESTIMATED U.S. AVERAGE BILLED CHARGES AND UTILIZATION RELATED TO THE 30 DAYS PRIOR THROUGH 180 DAYS AFTER TRANSPLANT ADMISSION.

*This is an estimate of potential costs if insurance requires a patient to pay the full 20%. Some patients may be required to pay less.

 

Wait Times & Transplant

Costs in the U.S.

The average wait time for a lung transplant is

186 days


Single Lung

Number of Transplants: 821

Billed Charges: $929,600


Double Lung 

Number of Transplants: 2,011 

Billed Charges: $1,295,900

A LUNG PATIENTS FINANCIAL JOURNEY TO SURGERY

 

 Transplant Center

Patient travels to transplant center. Transplant center tells patient the actual surgery costs and outlines financial need prerequisite patient is responsible for covering.

Prerequisite costs include: travel to transplant center, lodging and 20% of total surgery costs. Patient must provide financial proof of their ability to cover 20% of surgery costs through personal finances or liquid assets. Not every state has a lung transplant center, adding to the financial strain for many patients.

 

Finances

Without proof of finances, patient will not be placed on UNOS waiting list and is directed back to their diagnosing health care professional.

If a patient cannot afford to maintain their health care plan while waiting for an organ match, they are at risk of their insurance company denying coverage of the surgery should an organ become available.

If patient is matched with an organ, but cannot provide financial proof that they can maintain the organ post-surgery, they will be denied the organ and directed back to their diagnosing health care professional.

SURGERY

 

Post-Surgery

Organ recipients require anti-rejection medicines for the duration of their life. Most are not fully covered by insurance and are quite costly.

 

Post-Surgery Travel

Prior to surgery, if patients cannot provide proof they can afford the post-surgery living, lodging and travel expenses, they may be denied the organ and directed back to their diagnosing health care professional and/or to contact organizations to assist with funding.

50% of Lung Transplant Patients 

are Alive After 5 Years

On behalf of the other 50% please

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