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Kidney donation by the numbers

Kidney donation by the numbers
Published: July 30, 2012

Donation facts

• Length of time a non-living donor's kidney lasts: Eight years

• Length of time a living donor's kidney lasts: 16 years

• Length of time it takes to get a kidney from a non-living donor: Three to five years

• Length of time it takes to get a kidney from a living donor: A few months

• Cost of dialysis: On average, it can cost $80,000 per year.

• Cost of a kidney transplant: About $30,000.

• The savings to Medicare for each patient who does not progress to dialysis: Estimated to be $250,000 per patient.

• Number of people in the United States who are affected by chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease: More than 2 out of every 1,000 people.

Sources: U.S. Renal Data System; the Alliance for Paired Donation; U.S. National Library of Medicine; National Institutes of Health; National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse

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