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Itemized Cost of Kidney Transplant
Assefa Hailu Baraki
patient at St. Yared Hospital, Addis Ababa ETHIOPIA
by Gregory P. Lloyd, M.A.
Executive Director, National Coalition of Clergy & Laity
621 Jordan Circle, Whitehall PA 18052 USA
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No. Item [footnotes in brackets] Estimated cost in US $
1. transplant operation procedures, patient & donor-patient  $14,385
2. pre-op double-room near hospital[*], patient & donor  $3,080
3. pre-op board, patient & donor  $1,400
4. patient’s out-of-hospital expenses while recovering in India  $1,120
5. donor’s out-of-hospital expenses while recovering in India  $1,120
6. local caretaker to assist patients during recovery  $1,000
7. air transportation to and from India for recipient  $980
8. air transportation to and from India for donor  $980
9. transportation in India (ambulance, taxi) $300
10. Miscellaneous $250
total  $24,615
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budget finalized January 27, 2011
1. According to Dr. Srinidhi Chidambaram, Medical Coordinator of the International Patients Service at the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai, southern India, “The approximate cost of kidney transplantation would range between INR Rs. 650, 000/- to Rs.700, 000/- (in a renal ward) which is inclusive of investigations for patient and donor, dialysis for 2 weeks, surgery on both and 10 days hospitalization at the time of surgery. Any extended stay, specialised investigations etc can cost additional.” (See exchange of e-mails, Apollo Hospital & NCCL, January 8-13, 2011)
* Apollo Hospital’s unit at Chennai (in south India) has performed over 1,500 renal transplants with success rates comparable to the best centers in the world. The hospital accepts only live, blood-related kidney donors for transplantation. The hospital does not arrange or accept kidneys from non-relatives.
2. Includes room for recipient and donor for eight weeks prior to transplant surgery, as required by Apollo Hospital.
3. Includes board for recipient and donor for eight weeks prior to transplant surgery, as required by Apollo Hospital.
4. Again, according to Dr. Srinidhi Chidambaram, “The patient will require staying outside the hospital. The duration of stay in the city post transplant will depend upon the medical advice of the consultant.” Anticipated is for the patient & donor to remain in post-operative care in India for approximately four weeks. These costs include rental of place to live (room) and basic living expenses (board) for patient and donor.
5. It is more likely that the donor will recover faster than the recipient of the kidney; however, the donor should probably remain with the recipient-patient in order to care for him.
6. The Baraki Family wishes to find a way to pay for this themselves.
7. Round-trip flight, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Chennai, India
9. To repeat from Dr. Chidambaram’s quote via e-mail (see also no. 1, above), “Any extended stay, specialised investigations etc can cost additional.”