Costs of Kidney Transplantation

Charles Strom, Yanik Bababekov, David Axelrod

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Kidney transplantation has taken nearly a century to reach its current state of clinical excellence, yet the economic challenges facing transplant centers have never been greater. The many innovations in transplant science have not, to this point, been matched with parallel developments in the financing of care for patients with end stage renal disease, leading to significant economic challenges for transplant providers. Despite the significant clinical and economic advantages of kidney transplant over dialysis demonstrated since the 1960s, the growing use of marginal organs; transplant into older, sicker, and highly sensitized recipients; and utilization of ABOi and tolerance-inducing protocols results in increased expenditures for kidney transplantation and posttransplant care. This chapter will succinctly illustrate the economic challenges that transplantation is facing in the Western world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationKidney Transplantation, Bioengineering, and Regeneration
Subtitle of host publicationKidney Transplantation in the Regenerative Medicine Era
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780128018361
ISBN (Print)9780128017340
StatePublished - Jul 6 2017


  • Economic benefits of transplantation
  • Health economics
  • Patient characteristics
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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