*Results may vary. The information in this site is NOT to be construed as medical advice. Cirrhosis of the liver is a serious condition and if you have it, you should see a doctor. I am not a doctor and am not able to dispense medical advice. My husband saw a doctor (many of them) and they were able to do things for him that I could not. However, they were unable to recommend alternative treatments, and in MY OPINION they were VERY beneficial to my husband, so I am providing some of that information here. My husband and I tried all of these alternative therapies at our own risk, and if you try them you will be doing the same. At your own risk. No promises are made in this blog. I am not saying there is a cure for cirrhosis or any other condition. However, I believe most people can get well, like my husband did. My husband is alive, happy, productive, functional and has his energy back. He no longer worries about having to go on disability or getting a $577,000 liver transplant. Cirrhosis is a serious condition. He is currently in the fibrosis stage (Stage 2 liver disease), which is still serious. I cannot guarantee you will have the same results. I just want you to know about what worked well for my husband. I hope you will share what you learned with others, and share your story with us as well. This blog was made for YOU! Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

How much does a Liver Transplant Cost?

According to CPMC (California Pacific Medical Center), the average cost of a liver transplant is $577,000.   The following information, below, is from THIS PAGE.

Financial Matters: Liver Transplant Costs

When considering a liver transplant, the associated costs and how you can best handle them must also be considered. At California Pacific Medical Center, a financial coordinator meets with patients during their initial evaluation to review specific insurance coverage issues related to transplantation. 

The following material provides a general outline of liver transplant costs and financial options. Your financial coordinator will review this information in further detail at your liver transplant evaluation.

Transplantation Costs

The costs of your liver transplant include transplant evaluation and testing, transplant surgery and follow-up care and medication.

Even before a liver transplant, you have probably received many medical bills for treatment by your physician, hospital, laboratories and medical specialists. These costs add up quickly.

Costs associated with liver transplantation include:
  • recovery and in-hospital stay
  • extensive lab tests
  • anesthesia
  • fees for transplant surgeons and operating room personnel
  • organ recovery
  • transportation to hospital (including air transport charges if necessary)
  • lodging, transportation and food for family members while the patient is hospitalized
  • physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • patient lodging following discharge (patients who live more than 50 miles away must stay near hospital for a minimum of 30 days following discharge)
  • anti-rejection drugs and other medications (these costs can easily exceed $10,000 in the first year, and some of these medications are required for the rest of a transplant recipient's life).
Estimated Liver Transplant Costs
According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)' Transplant Living Web siteOpens new window, the estimated U.S. average in 2011 of billed charges per liver transplant is $577,100. 

Additionally, liver transplant patients need to take several drugs called immunosuppresives to sustain your transplanted liver for the lifetime of your transplant. The following are estimates and depend on the dosage and pharmacy used. Note that most health plans pay a percentage of medication costs, as described in the next section.
  • Prograf: Total monthly cost is approximately $3,000
  • Cellcept: Total monthly cost is approximately $1,400 (required for approx. first three months only)
  • Septra: Total monthly cost is approximately $7.00
  • Prednisone: Total monthly cost is approximately $7.00
  • Proton Pump Inhibitor: Total monthly cost is approximately $30 (required for approx. first 3 months only)
  • Nystatin: Total monthly cost is approximately $40 (required for approx. first 2 months only)
  • Valcyte: Total monthly cost is approximately $3,000 (required for approx. first 3-6 months only)
  • HBIG 5cc vial: Cost is approximately $900 per injection (hepatitis B only)
  • Lamivudine or Baraclude: Total monthly cost is approximately $900 (hepatitis B only)

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Financing Transplantation

Few patients are able to pay all of the transplantation costs from a single source. For example, you may be able to finance the transplant procedure through insurance coverage and pay for other expenses by drawing on savings accounts and other private funds or by selling some of your assets. Most likely, you will have to rely on a combination of funding sources. During your evaluation at California Pacific, you will meet with a financial coordinator to discuss financing options and possible sources for obtaining funds. Among the most common funding sources include: private insurance, Medicare and Medi-Cal, TriCare, Social Security Income (SSI) / Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), Fundraising Campaigns and Self-Pay.

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