Reciprocating living kidney donor generosity: Tax credits, health insurance and an outcomes registry

Shivam Joshi, Sheela Joshi, Warren Kupin

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Kidney transplantation significantly improves patient survival, and is the most cost effective renal replacement option compared with dialysis therapy. Living kidney donors provide a valuable societal gift, but face many formidable disincentive barriers that include not only short- and long-term health risks, but also concerns regarding financial expenditures and health insurance. Other than governmental coverage for their medical evaluation and surgical expenses, donors are often asked to personally bear a significant financial responsibility due to lost work wages and travel expenses. In order to alleviate this economic burden for donors, we advocate for the consideration of tax credits, lifelong health insurance coverage, and an outcomes registry as societal reciprocity to reward their altruistic act of kidney donation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-171
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Kidney Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016



  • kidney transplantation
  • live donor transplantation
  • policy
  • risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Transplantation

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