​Financial Authorization for Living-Donor Kidney Surgery

Prior to the pre-donation evaluation, we assign potential kidney donors a dedicated UPMC transplant credit analyst.

Your credit analyst will financially clear you for living-donor kidney transplant surgery.

Before deciding to donate your kidney, you should have a strong support system and financial resources in place. You may incur some health care costs and be away from work for weeks to months after surgery.

Paying for Living-Donor Testing and Kidney Surgery

UPMC provides donors with a living-donor insurance card, which includes information about registration and billing.

You will be able to use this card as your method of payment for the pre-donation testing.

You should not be held responsible for payment of potential living-donor testing. You are, however, responsible for annual health maintenance and clearance for any pre-existing conditions.

In order to be approved for kidney donation surgery by our multidisciplinary transplant team, your credit analyst will need to collect insurance authorization. If cleared for kidney donation, your living-donor transplant nurse coordinator will work with you and the recipient to set a date for surgery.

Financial Assistance for Living-Donors

UPMC takes part in the National Living-Donor Assistance Center's program to help living organ donors pay for travel, lodging, and meal expenses incurred during the evaluation and transplant process.

To qualify for this program, you and the kidney transplant recipient must meet certain income criteria, and be willing to share your financial information with the transplant center.

Contact Us

In the event that you receive bills related to donor testing, or have questions regarding billing, please call 412-864-3138.

Partnering Through Organ Donation

If cleared to donate an organ, donor's will be assigned an independent living-donor advocate to act on their behalf.

The living-donor advocate helps to ensure the donor is fully aware of what it means to be a living donor and understand the risks of the transplant surgery.

The living-donor advocate will voice any concerns of the donor to the multidisciplinary transplant team and will determine that the donor’s decision is fully informed.

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