White House Summit: Plans that will improve outcomes for individuals waiting for organ transplants and support for living donors
One thing that has been done is that centers have begun to build a blue ribbon panel that will set up a national clearing house of educational materials with respect to organ donation and transplantation education.
The vast majority—almost 100,000—of the people on the organ waiting list are waiting for a kidney transplant. In addition to the tremendous human cost, the kidney waiting list carries a huge cost to the public purse: Medicare pays more than $34 billion per year to care for patients with end-stage kidney failure. On average, the Government would save $60,000 a year for every patient who receives a kidney transplant rather than continuing to receive dialysis. Those transplant recipients would also see appreciable gains in life expectancy. For example, the life expectancy of a living donor kidney recipient increases by 10–15 years after a transplant, again relative to dialysis treatment.Read More