Economic Impact of Our Work
The American Transplant Foundation works to save millions of taxpayers’ dollars annually. For every two patients who are no longer on dialysis thanks to a transplant, Medicare saves over 1 million over 10 years. Currently, Medicare spends over $34 billion on ESRD management – highest amount ever.
If 95,000 patients who are on the waiting list for a kidney were able to get a transplant, it would cost about $3 billion more initially, but after the first year, the government would save $5 billion annually.
How much money is Medicare spending per patient?
Dialysis patients: 350k patients @$88K/yr per patient = $30 billion per year
Transplant patients: $100K (first year) and $19K annually after the first year (anti-rejection meds)
How many people in our country are affected? How many are at risk?
- The number of adults living with kidney disease is almost 3 times greater than the number with cancer – 31 million; 90% don’t know they have it.
- 550,000 Americans require dialysis or kidney transplantation for survival.
- Each year, more than 88,000 Americans die from causes related to kidney failure.
What are other benefits of transplantation and living donation?
5 year survival rate:
- Dialysis patients – 35%
- Patients who received a kidney from a deceased donor – 71%
- Patients who received a kidney from a living donor – 80%