Organ procurement and transplantation is an expensive process. Because of economic concerns, hospitals often refuse to list otherwise qualified patients for transplant unless that patient has the financial means to pay for the transplant and related services. This prevents patients from receiving lifesaving organ transplants even when they are medically qualified. Since the financial aspect of transplant is a concern in the United States, this paper explores the origin of the barriers, and through the literature compares barriers to those in other countries performing organ transplants. It also explores ways for patients to overcome financial barriers to transplantation.
Renkes, Ashley C.
"Financial Barriers to Organ Transplantation: A Comparative Analysis,"
SPNHA Review: Vol. 8
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/spnhareview/vol8/iss1/5